The Tompkins Square hawklets continue to go exploring outside the nest, otherwise known as 'branching'.
Below, one of them climbs out on a branch while one of its siblings sits in the nest.
Meanwhile, another sibling explores the other side of the tree.
This evening, all three kids practiced flapping...
Someone is movin' on up...
Just as the last of the sun was setting on the ginkgo that hosts the nest, one of the hawklets made a giant leap by making its way to the west side of the tree, which was about 10-15 feet from the nest.
There was a lot of wind and a loud helicopter hovering overhead, but the little explorer seemed content to gaze out over the park. Because the nest is on the other side of the tree, it's possible this was the first time this hawk had seen this side of the world.
There's so much to see...!
After about 15 minutes, the hawk 'flew' from its perch back to the nest. All the while, mom Dora was watching from the cross at St Brigid's across the street, looking beautiful as ever.
Urban Hawks has some nice photos from this week, as well as video of the hawks branching.