There's a lot of hawk action in Tompkins Square. Christo and Dora are spending more time in the park and with each other. The last few days have been a thrill to watch them hunt and interact with each other.
Here's Christo on one of his favorite lamp perches near St Brigid's.
He sits on the lamps quite often, but I don't think I've ever seen Dora perch on one.
The same can be said for the fences - Christo seems to have no fear being down low and near people, but I don't think I've ever seen Dora sit on a fence or bench. That's not to say she doesn't do it, but she seems to stay above head level.
Christo leaps from a fence in the late afternoon sun.
Here they are together and you can see the difference in their coloring - Dora is on the left and Christo is on the right. He has a very golden head while Dora is darker. She is also larger and has a rounder face.
I watched Christo actively hunting one afternoon, but after failing to catch anything, he took a break and dug up some leftovers in the snow. After snacking on what looked like frozen jerky, he resumed swooping around the park. Later, as Dora ate a rat on a branch, Christo cleaned up the scraps Dora dropped on the ground. I love how neat and tidy he is.
Meanwhile, Dora takes a rat on a sight-seeing tour of St Brigid's.
And Christo nabs another rat near the men's room.
Playing around on a fire escape on 7th Street...
Christo has been roosting in the trees along 7th Street between Aves A & B. I'm
not sure where Dora goes at night, but I saw her settle into a tree late
one evening near Ave B & 9th Street.
A parting shot of Christo....
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Previous hawk posts.