Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Christo takes up tree-trimming

It seems each day I go to Tompkins Square, there's more hawk activity than the last. 

Here's Christo getting his afternoon dose of bullying from a blue jay.

Christo and a blue jay

Meanwhile, Dora perches in her favorite tree along Avenue A at St Mark's. 

Dora in her favorite tree

She was a busy bee this day, flying all around the park and up and down 9th Street.

Dora

While Dora patrolled the neighborhood, Christo went to work gathering sticks (inspired by Mulchfest?). 

This is the first stick-gathering activity I've seen from him this season and this first stick is a doozy! 

In the photo below, you can see he has one end of the stick (branch?) in his talon and the rest of it stretches all the way to the left edge of the photo.  I'm estimating it's about three feet long.

Christo gathers an enormous stick

Needless to say, the stick proved too much to handle.  He might have held onto it if it hadn't gotten tangled in the tree, so he wasn't able to carry it far.

Christo gathers an enormous stick

Last year, I first witnessed Christo gathering sticks on February 14, so he's getting an earlier start this year.

Christo

Coming in for a landing...

Christo

Dora, still on patrol, keeps an eye out from atop the cellphone towers on Avenue A & St Mark's.

Dora

Later, the pair circled high over the Krishna tree area.  Dora is on the left, Christo on the right.

Dora and Christo over Tompkins Square

In other hawk news, there's been a lot of activity over at Washington Square Park.  Check out these fantastic images of the resident male Bobby having an argument with a juvenile over at Roger_Paw's blog.

See more hawk photos on my Flickr page.

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