Nest-building activity continues for the Tompkins Square hawks. I had fun today watching them go about their business of collecting sticks, killing things, and frolicking with each other.
I have yet to catch both of them at the nest site at the same time. So far, they've been taking turns.
That said, the pair are spending a lot of time close to each other. Here they are atop St Brigids.
And in a favorite tree, cutting twigs.
As for identifying the two, I can't quite tell them apart yet. I'm guessing this is the male:
It is a fairly light colored bird, a bit slender, and stands above the other when they're perched together. This one has also been very busy gathering sticks.
This is the one I'm guessing is the female:
It's a bit bigger than the other bird and has darker coloring, especially on the shoulder area of the wings. Here is the same bird eating a pigeon, which was caught and left in a tree by the other bird:
Again, I'm totally guessing at the genders and could be wrong.
See more hawk photos on my Flickr page:
City hawks 1
City hawks 2
Previous hawk posts.