Nesting Hawks ‘Crimson and Grey’ Are Proud Parents of Two
Friday, May 16, 2014
PHILADELPHIA (May 16, 2014) — The red-tailed hawk-watchers of Saint Joseph’s University are pleased to announce the birth of two eyasses — baby hawks with down for feathers — to the nesting raptor couple Crimson (female) and Grey (male), who were recently named in a contest in honor of SJU’s colors.
The eyasses, for now known as E1 and E2, were first seen on Thursday, May 15, but based on the parents’ behavior, it’s possible that at least one was hatched as early as Monday, May 12, says Ohio-based hawk expert John Blakeman, who has been observing the behavior of Crimson and Grey via SJU’s Hawkcam. The webcam is trained on the nest located in a large pine tree next to the pedestrian bridge that spans City Avenue.
“The SJU community and others have been monitoring the activity of the nest since our Hawkcam was installed in early April,” says Michael McCann, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Institute for Environmental Stewardship. “We’re thrilled that Crimson and Grey have successfully parented these chicks, and that we can share this exciting event from nature with others through Hawkcam.”
McCann says it’s possible that Crimson laid a third egg, which would hatch “at any moment,” and adds that the newest hawks will likely be in the vicinity of Hawk Hill for much of the summer. “If all goes well, in 40-45 days, the young hawks will start to take short flights from the nest,” McCann notes.
Blakeman adds that after fledging, the eyasses will roost in the area, perhaps in the pine with the nest, while they learn to hunt, but Hawkcam viewers should not expect them to return to the nest except on an incidental basis once they have fledged.