The baby hawks from the well-publicized nest on the 12th floor of New York University’s library fledged Monday, and on Wednesday I was lucky enough to run across one of the chicks taking some short practice flights around Washington Square Park.
The chick had found itself atop the park’s landmark arch. Still a little unsteady on its feet, the young hawk cartwheeled and scrambled along the edge of the arch before taking a leap of faith and flying to a nearby building.
The hawks have been the subject of a “nest cam” run by The New York Times, and the newspaper’s City Room blog has closely followed the lives of the adult hawks and the development of the chicks — nicknamed “Boo” and “Scout” by readers.
The chicks hatched April 9 and 10, putting them about 10 days older than the Race Street Red-tails back in Holyoke. I’d estimated that those chicks will fledge around June 4.
The Times blog recently carried a thorough FAQ on fledging by New York City’s Audubon Society chapter.