Sunday, March 9, 2014

Spring forward

The Tompkins Square hawks are picking up speed building their nest on the Christodora.  I'm really hoping we'll get to see some chicks in the next few weeks.

If you look close, you can see the tail of one hawk sticking out of the nest while the other flies by to supervise the work.

Adult red tails at the Christodora nest site

Here the hawk brings in what appears to be a wad of plastic.  I hope it's not that...it could just be something soft, like a discarded Santa beard.  Kidding!

Adult red tail landing at the Christodora nest site

Look out below!

Adult red tail leaving the Christodora nest site

Surveying her domain...

Adult red tail at the Christodora nest site

When they weren't taking sticks to the nest, the hawks kept busy tearing bark from trees, swooping around, mating in every other tree, and catching things to eat.  Over the last couple of weeks, I've seen the male catch pigeons, rats and mice and leave them in a tree for the female.  Today, the love offering was a sparrow...

Red tail with sparrow 

A sad day for sparrows.

See more hawk photos here and here.

Previous hawk posts.