Saturday, July 12, 2014

Rooftop rager

Late Friday, I found one of the Tompkins Square red tail fledglings being mobbed by a couple of raging blue jays on E 7th Street.

Red tail fledgling mobbed by blue jays

It put up with the harassment for about 20 minutes before taking off towards the park.

Red tail fledgling and a blue jay

The blue jay escorted the hawk right off its property...

Red tail fledgling and a blue jay 

Mom Dora had the same problem with a mockingbird a couple of weeks ago on E 9th Street.  Nobody (no birdie?) wants a hawk hanging out on their turf...

Dora the hawk and an angry mockingbird

Once out of reach of the jays, the fledgling took its aggression out on dad Christo, who was sitting on top of the flag pole near the park offices.

Fledgling demands dinner from dad Christo

It cried, which made me think it was demanding dinner.

Fledgling demands dinner from dad Christo

I'm not sure if this is the same chick, but this attitude is really familiar.

Fledgling demands dinner from dad Christo

While the kid flew around the park crying, Christo calmly pledged allegiance to the flag [kidding], then resumed his hunting...

Red, white and blue

See more hawk photos here:

City hawks 3
City hawks 2
City hawks 1

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