Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Hawk nest building in Tompkins Square goes into high gear

Red-tailed hawks, Christo and Dora, have been working hard on their nest in Tompkins Square this last week.  They seem to be really serious about it, cutting sticks from nearby trees and taking them to the nest in the ginkgo near the E 8th Street entrance to the park.

Last Friday, I caught Dora cutting sticks from a tree near the 7th Street playground.

Dora gathers sticks in Tompkins Square

Dora gathers sticks in Tompkins Square

Here she is at the nest on Saturday.  You can see the layer of sticks on top of the base of leaves.

Dora on her nest in Tompkins Square

On Sunday, Christo was very industrious, taking sticks from several different trees and spending a lot of time arranging them in the nest.

Christo gathers sticks for the nest

Christo gathers sticks for the nest

Christo carries a stick to the nest

Christo carries a stick to the nest

Christo carries a stick to the nest

Christo carries a stick to the nest

Christo carries a stick to the nest

Christo on the nest

Last week's snow enabled me to see fallen sticks on the ground beneath the nest.

Friday:


Sunday:


I love seeing these birds create something.  They have a plan and are diligently carrying it out.  Stay tuned...

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