Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Kids and their toys

This is probably my favorite time of year with the Tompkins Square hawks - when the fledglings start playing in the grass.  Until now, they've spent most of their time up in trees, so seeing them come to the ground is exciting.

Hello!

Tompkins Square fledgling

This particular fledgling (below) looks very large to me, so I'm wondering if it could be a female.

Tompkins Square fledgling

All the hawks are keenly interested in the squirrels who inhabit the park.  For now, the squirrels have the advantage as the hawks haven't yet figured out how to catch them.

Frenemies

However, there is one prey the hawks have already begun dominating...

Tompkins Square fledgling playing with a stick

Sticks!

Tompkins Square fledgling playing with a stick

Tompkins Square fledgling playing with a stick

Tompkins Square fledgling playing with a stick

Silly goose.

Silly goose

This play is important practice for learning to pounce and grab food.

Tompkins Square fledgling playing with a stick

Sometimes the stick strikes back!

Tompkins Square fledgling playing with a stick

Tompkins Square fledgling playing with a stick

All three fledglings look great and are steadily improving their flying and hunting skills.

Tompkins Square fledgling

Here are some previous posts of fledgling hawks playing in the grass. These were from 2014 when their nest was on the Christadora building.