Our Tompkins Square hawk fledglings really love to play with sticks. After watching them have so much fun, I don't think I'll ever look at another stick and not think of pouncing on it.
There's always time to take a break from stick-play to pose for photos...
...or to people-watch.
Just after sunset on Sunday, one of the kids caught a rat over by the handball courts.
I've seen the young hawks catch mice, but this was the first time I saw any of them catch a rat, and the scene drew quite a crowd...
...and there were many cheers as the hawk struggled to get the heavy rat up and over a fence, then zoomed down Avenue B.
I hear a lot of interesting comments from people encountering the hawks for the first time. My favorites from this day were:
Man (while watching a hawk hop around in a tree): What is that? Oh, it's just a cat.
Another man (coming upon a crowd of people looking up at a hawk in a tree): What are y'all looking at? GOD?!
See more hawk photos here:
City hawks 3
City hawks 2
City hawks 1