Several people have told me they've seen a hawk in the Marble cemetery on 2nd Street this week, so I stopped by this evening to check it out.
Sure enough, a fledgling was there frolicking in the grass.
The markings on the chest look very different than those on the hawk I saw earlier in the week in Tompkins Square, so I don't believe this is the same bird. Since the discovery of a dead hawk at Astor Place,* I've been able to confirm two Avenue A hawks are ok. I have yet to determine whether or not the third sibling is around.
Strutting his/her stuff...
This hawk was very rambunctious, swooping back and forth across the cemetery and diving from trees, fire escapes, and the surrounding stone walls. The cemetery is a perfect little playpen for a young hawk, full of fun toys like squirrels, pigeons and sticks.
Here, the fledgling catches a giant one...
...then tap-dances on a grave.
The cemetery is a popular sanctuary for hawks. In March, I posted about a couple of Cooper's hawks who roosted here.
*Update on the necropsy: I heard it was determined the dead hawk found at 9th Street and 4th Avenue was killed by blunt force trauma. This is consistent with hitting a window, and I can't help but suspect 51 Astor Place, aka the Death Star, is to blame.
More to come...
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