Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hawks at play

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.





Juvenile red tail playing with a stick

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.

Baby catches a rat

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...

Baby catches a rat

...and there were many cheers as the hawk struggled to get the heavy rat up and over  a fence, then zoomed down Avenue B.

Baby catches a rat

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