Who hasn't ever looked up at the dome of Most Holy Redeemer church on E 3rd Street and thought, I'd love to slide down that!
It seems one of the Avenue A hawk fledglings thought just that this last Sunday.
Hey, look at me!
I believe this is Fledgling #2. On this day, only two of the hawks had fledged the nest and Fledgling #1 was acting much more timid and hadn't been seen flying as high as the church dome. In contrast, I'd observed Fledgling #2, zooming around the area and soaring high on thermals. This seems to be the more adventurous of the siblings.
The dome is smooth, without any footholds, and I assume it must have also been pretty hot as it was a sweltering afternoon. The young hawk discovered these things the hard way.
Playing hot lava...
On a wing and a prayer...
If you're going to have fun on a slide, make it the biggest one in town.
This went on for a good 15-20 minutes. The entire time, mom Dora perched atop the cross and kept a watchful eye on her frolicking youngster.
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