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March 2005

Pale Male continues to take twigs to the nest. There was a third hawk hanging around today. Pale Male didn't seem too bothered. Lola had only one break while I was there (from noon to sunset). As always views of the Moon were magnificient at the end of the evening. Saturday March 19, 05.>br>

Pale Male rests momentarily on an evergreen on Pug Hill, after missing a pigeon near the Hawk Bench - Sat March 5, 2005.

Nest Site Update: Tuesday March 15, 2005 For my late visit after work this evening I saw Pale Male cruise by the nest and settled on Linda #1 for 15 minutes or so. He took off up Fifth Ave and then into The Ramble and never returned to the nest. He roosted in a tree somewhere on Cherry Hill most likely.

There was nary a man nor beast in sight, just cold, blowing snow....

Tues, Mar 8 (3:25 - 4:15pm) Blizzard conditions, heavy, horizontal snow falling...very poor visibility: Nest looked empty until 3:45pm when I saw Lola's head pop up from nest. Next minute, Pale Male materializes and flies to the northeast upper roof of Dr. Fisher's and looks to be eating, and/or preparing food. He flies to Lola on nest and presents food (which could not be identified). He stays only a minute and then flies to Linda #1. Lola appears to be feeding. At 4:10pm Pale Male flies off Linda heading north along 5th Avenue treeline. Lola remains in nest. I leave park at 4:15pm. Believe Lola was in nest during all of my short 45 minutes viewing time.

Katherine H

Note from Ken: Monday March 7, 05

"If previous statistics hold true, the RedTail Hawks on Fifth Avenue should begin incubating eggs sometime this week. We will know that there is at least one egg (or more) when either adult stays in the nest over night. Today, at early twilight, while several hawk watchers were still there, PaleMale went to roost at the bottom of Pilgrim Hill. After all the other people had left, John Lattang and I saw Lola glide to another tree, higher on the same slope. Although it was almost too dark, I set up the telescope very near the spot for both of us to confirm that we could see her in the tree where she had chosen to sleep. Both adults hawks had a direct line of sight between each other and with the nest."

Nest Site Update Sunday March 5, 2005 Very frequent matings and lots of nest activity. Pale Male made an extremely lethal dive toward a flock of pigeons this evening but did not catch any. According to Marie they both roosted in the same tree near Cedar Hill late this evening.

Wed, Mar 2, 2005 (1:35pm - 5:15pm): Observed both Pale Male and Lola taking twigs from trees along Fifth Avenue and bringing them to the nest. Both made numerous visits to the nest with/without twigs. They mated twice on Linda #1 after which they sat close together on the window railing. Have noticed that the length of time at each mating, both yesterday and today, appears to be for a noticeably longer length of time.... to a contrast to all previous observed matings since their inception on Feb 12. No peregrine falcons sighted on today's watch.

Katherine H

Tuesday, March 1st - Around 3:45pm, as two Peregrine Falcons came into PaleMale's view, he flew off the Fisher building and circled over the Model Boat Pond. I was sitting in a quiet corner of the park, so I could see and hear PaleMale gently calling to Lola. She was on the Linda building, his call did not sound alarming but curiously reassuring. Contrary to the last time a Peregrine came by, she stayed still during the entire encounter.

PaleMale soared solo in circles. He was gliding north and they were flapping south. He seemed to present a languid defense as they all converged. His technic in this encounter with two Peregrines was very different than the last; I have seen him do this with a mob of Crows.

PaleMale presented himself as an easy target, he flew close enough to the Peregrines to get them to dive at him, even to the point of almost being hit. After a few scarey passes, PaleMale seemed to calculate their speed, angle and style. During the next several attacks, PaleMale spun, tumbled, turned and recovered at the last split second with deliberate intention. He was then directly behind and above the attacker, in a perfect position to counter punch but calmly awaited the second falcon's dive. Had these been Crows, I have seen him use this method to pick one off after another, up to 15 to 20 of them, smacked from the rear.

With the Peregrines, he let them take their best shot and because they kept missing him, he gained the upper hand. The Peregrine pair abandoned their attack and were sternly escorted further south by PaleMale. As they left his terrirory, he perched at 71st and Fifth to watch them go.

Ten minutes later, PaleMale flew back to Lola. She lowered her body to receive him and he landed on top of her. While mating, PaleMale's call sounded much louder, more clear and, to me, mirthfully tiumphant.

__ Kentaurian __

Tues, Mar 1 (2:30 - 5:05pm): Little action until 3:45 when Pale Male encountered one, and then two peregrine falcons above the nest. An intense aerial "dog-fight" went on for several minutes as the two falcons took turns diving at very high speed at Pale Male. Eventually, Pale drove them off but it was quite alarming for the hawk watchers standing helplessly by. I have usually seen Lola join in driving off attacking or intruding birds but she sat on Linda #3 facing toward the window. About 20 minutes later Pale Male joined her there and mated with her. Pale Male then flew to the nest and starting moving and checking the sticks and twigs. At 4:45 Pale Male flew to Lola at Linda #3 and mated again....they sat there side by side as I left the park at 5:05pm.

Katherine H