Wednesday, June 22, 2016

All three Tompkins Square hawk fledglings doing well

This evening, I was finally able to see all three Tompkins Square hawk fledglings together in one place outside the nest.  I was beginning to get nervous as I was previously only able to see two at a time, and Christo and Dora's kids have been known to get into trouble in the past.  But, so far this season, the kids are well behaved and are sticking to the east side of the park.

The fledglings are discovering the other residents of the park, like these two blue jays, who weren't so welcoming.

Fledgling hawk bullied by two blue jays

Tompkins Square fledgling

Tompkins Square fledgling

One of the fledglings waits in the Feeding Tree as Christo arrives with a small rat.

Christo brings a mouse to his kid

You can see some differences between the kid and its dad below.  Christo (right) has a very light colored head and brown eyes, while the fledgling has darker brown coloring and yellowish eyes.  You can't tell from this angle, but they are approximately the same size.

Christo and one of his kids

Christo and one of his kids

This kid didn't seem interested in the rat, but a second fledgling (far right) showed up to snatch it away.

Dad calls fledglings to lunch

Later, a little flight across the lawn...

Tompkins Square fledgling

Tompkins Square fledgling

The markings on this one are clearly visible here.  This fledgling has lost most of the peachy coloring on its chest, and its legs are heavily spotted.

Tompkins Square fledgling

Tompkins Square fledgling

The kids are not yet able to hunt and catch food themselves, but this one has mastered the stern predator stare.

Tompkins Square fledgling 

The above photos are all from Saturday, June 18.  There are more to come...