Thanks to commenter 3rdSt who alerted us to hawk nest-building activity on the Ageloff Towers on Avenue A and 3rd Street last Friday.
On Saturday, I went to check it out for myself and, sure enough, hawks Christo and Dora were busy taking sticks up to two air-conditioners on the top floor.
Here is Christo on the left flying off a Friedrich unit, while Dora arranges sticks on the right, atop a Frigidaire.
They appeared to spend equal time working on each air-conditioner. If/when the time comes, they will make a choice as to which one they prefer.
Dora on the left, Christo on the right.
Christo takes what looks like a Key Food bag up to the Friedrich on Saturday. A neighbor told me he was also spotted today flying around the area with a plastic bag.
Here he is with a sycamore branch.
The pair take a break on a neighboring a/c unit. Christo is on the left, Dora is on the right.
It looked like the hawks were doing most of their stick-gathering in Tompkins Square Park, but I also spotted Dora cutting sticks from the trees at Village View on 4th Street. Christo brought some from a strip of trees on 2nd Street.
It also looked like they were using the dome of the Most Holy Redeemer church as a rest stop on these stick-gathering trips. They'd fly in from the north, perch on the edge of the dome, then catch the wind and dive straight for the Ageloff.
Here, Dora flies past the church with a stick.
And this is Christo, back in Tompkins Square, gathering sticks with is former nesting spot, the Christodora, in the background.
So, the burning question is, which is best - Friedrich or Frigidaire?
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