Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Lazy days of summer

There's not much exciting hawk news to report from the last few days.  Summer plods along and the three young hawks continue to hone their hunting skills.

Their relationship with squirrels is one I continue to try and understand.  Squirrels are formidable, but can still be caught.  They know they can out-run and out-maneuver the young hawks, so seem to have no fear.

This fledgling caught a pigeon in a tree only to be harassed by the resident squirrel. 

Juvenile red tail with pigeon and squirrel

One of the siblings chased this squirrel around on the ground (to the delight of a group of school kids)...

Playmates

...but in the end opted for salad.

Salad eater

Even dad Christo is out-sized and out-muscled by this potential meal.

Christo and squirrel

After being chased out of that tree, Christo settled in a neighboring one, only to be bullied by a pesky blue jay. Ugh!

Christo and blue jay

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
You’ll wish that summer could always be here


-- Charles Tobias

Juvenile red tail in Tompkins Square 

See more hawk photos here:

City hawks 3
City hawks 2
City hawks 1 

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