Eyas of the Gowanus

rthA correspondent let me know that there was a Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) nest on a fire-escape in Gowanus. I headed over as soon as I could. Buteo jamaicensisWhen I lived in Cobble Hill, I often crossed the Valley of the Shadow of the Gowanus by foot and sometimes saw RTH soaring overhead or on top of St. Agnes, the tallest building around. Soon as I turned the corner, those silhouette in the morning sun proclaimed the scene. Buteo jamaicensisButeo jamaicensisIt looks like there is one youngster on the nest, an “eyas” in the old lexicon of falconry, still shy of fledging. Buteo jamaicensisI found out later that several other birders were already aware of this nest. It seems hard to miss by anyone walking by, but of course even a photographer shooting image after image at something up there fails to entice the curiosity of most passersby. Buteo jamaicensisIt looks like the birds made three attempts at a nest on two different fire-escapes, two on one, one on the other. The middle nest was the one completed and used. A fellow Twitterer said he had just spotted a RTH nest on a Bed-Stuy fire-escape. Buteo jamaicensisThis is four stories up from the hard sidewalk and the busy street: let’s wish this eyas luck on his or her first flight/controlled-to-some-extent fall…

5 Responses to “Eyas of the Gowanus”


  1. 1 Michele dreger May 31, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    thank you. Great story! I’m so happy! I live by the canal and always wished a hawk or falcon would take up residence in the area! I am enjoying watching the Hawks perch on top of the Lightstone building every evening. I’ve been watching these 2 since the beginning of March!

    • 2 mthew May 31, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Michele! I understand you were the first to spot this nest.

      Last year there was a Kestrel nest a block from the canal, across from the old Proteus Gowanus alley; I’ve only walked by once this season, saw no evidence of it being used again, but that was just one pass.

  2. 3 Anonymous July 17, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Me and my mom walk past this bird every day going to camp! We were just anticipating for someone to post it for the world to see! Thank you!


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