Thursday, July 21, 2016

More hawk highlights from this week

Here are some more Tompkins Square hawk highlights from earlier in the week.  The fledglings have been very energetic, challenging me to keep up!

Tompkins Square fledgling

Do you ever get that feeling someone is watching while you sleep?

Watching you while you sleep...

Wake up, look at meeeeeeee!

Heads!

One of the fledglings catches some late afternoon sun atop the Christadora.

Fledgling atop the Christadora building

Meanwhile, down on E 8th Street, a fledgling meets a blue jay...

Blue jay and red-tailed hawk

...who is not at all happy to meet the hawk. 

Angry blue jay with hawk

Later, one of the fledglings goes scavenging at one of dad Christo's food drop-off locations near the restrooms...

Fledgling scavenging food drop location

...and comes up with a pigeon.

Fledgling hawk with pigeon

Looking mysterious in the last light of day.

Tompkins Square fledgling

'Til next time...

Tompkins Square fledgling

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Cleanliness is next to Hawkliness

The Tompkins Square hawks love their day spas.  As we've previously witnessed, they enjoy playing in the sprinkler, soaking in the birdbath, bathing in the gutters at St Brigid's and taking a dip in the pool on top of the men's restroom.  On Sunday, I caught up with one of the fledglings, who was cooling off in the sprinkler in the Avenue B playground.

Playing in the sprinkler

Playing in the sprinkler

The fledgling took a liking to the puddle formed by the spray.

Playing in the sprinkler

Canonbaaaaaaalllllll!

Playing in a puddle

Playing in a puddle

All rinsed off and looking pretty.

Playing in a puddle

Playing in a puddle

Tompkins Square fledgling

Tompkins Square fledgling

After bathing, the hawk rested on top of the jungle gym for a few minutes...

In the playground

In the playground

...before spreading out on the crab apple at the north end of the playground to dry off in the sun.

Drying off after a bath

Also check out Urban Hawks, who has some video of the hawk bathing and later playing in the grass.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hawk days of summer

The heat and humidity this last weekend clobbered me, but it seemed to have little effect on the Tompkins Square hawk fledglings, who frolicked in the park with glee.

What heat wave?

Playing in the park on a summer day

Time to swoop!

Playing in the park on a summer day

Playing in the park on a summer day

Playing in the park on a summer day

The hawks played with sticks in the grass, chased after squirrels, and swooped back and forth across the park until my head spun.  It's exciting to see them own the park.

Tompkins Square fledgling

Tompkins Square fledgling

More to come...

Friday, July 15, 2016

This week's hawk round-up

I took a lot of hawk photos over the last few days, so here are some to round out the week.

Looking mysterious...

Tompkins Square fledgling

This fledgling has quite a voice!  It sounds like a cross between an adult scream and a baby's wailing.  She's definitely the soprano of the family.

Crying for dad

One of the other siblings launches itself into a sapling tree and gets stuck for a minute or so.

Silly hawk stuck in tree

Finally escaping the clutches of dead leaves...

Silly hawk stuck in tree

Soaring...

Tompkins Square fledgling

One fledgling plays around on the construction structure at the Christadora.

Fledgling hawk on the Christadora Building

Note how it tries to perch on the flimsy netting rather than the solid pipe.  I've previously seen the hawks prefer to perch on cables, barbed wire or tiny branches rather than more stable options. I have no idea why they do this.

Fledgling hawk on the Christadora Building

Meanwhile, another fledgling (not the one in the above photos) goes exploring next-door at CHARAS.

Fledgling hawk visits CHARAS

I was really alarmed to see the hawk in the window as there's all kinds of danger lurking in that building, so I was happy to see the hawk finally fly off.

Fledgling hawk visits CHARAS

On 7th Street, a fledgling gets mobbed by a mockingbird.

Hawk fledgling mobbed by a mockingbird

A robin (right) joins the fun.

Hawk fledgling with mockingbird and robin

The hawk put up with the bullying by the small birds for a really long time - maybe half an hour.  The aggressors only flew off when a second hawk arrived.

Hawk siblings playing at dusk

A short while later...

Hawk and moon

You can see many more recent hawk photos here.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

On the fence

A unique feature of Tompkins Square is its fences.  They make perfect perches for the young hawks as they learn to pounce on prey on the ground.  I found one fledgling practicing its balancing skills on a fence this last Sunday.  It caught a rodent in the grass, but lost it, so it kept returning to the fence to practice its dash-n-grab moves.

Tompkins Square fledgling

Tompkins Square fledgling

Tompkins Square fledgling

Tompkins Square fledgling

Tompkins Square fledgling

Tompkins Square fledgling

Tompkins Square fledgling

Tompkins Square fledgling

Tompkins Square fledgling

Tompkins Square fledgling

Tompkins Square fledgling