Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Cleanliness is next to Hawkliness

The Tompkins Square hawks love their day spas.  As we've previously witnessed, they enjoy playing in the sprinkler, soaking in the birdbath, bathing in the gutters at St Brigid's and taking a dip in the pool on top of the men's restroom.  On Sunday, I caught up with one of the fledglings, who was cooling off in the sprinkler in the Avenue B playground.

Playing in the sprinkler

Playing in the sprinkler

The fledgling took a liking to the puddle formed by the spray.

Playing in the sprinkler

Canonbaaaaaaalllllll!

Playing in a puddle

Playing in a puddle

All rinsed off and looking pretty.

Playing in a puddle

Playing in a puddle

Tompkins Square fledgling

Tompkins Square fledgling

After bathing, the hawk rested on top of the jungle gym for a few minutes...

In the playground

In the playground

...before spreading out on the crab apple at the north end of the playground to dry off in the sun.

Drying off after a bath

Also check out Urban Hawks, who has some video of the hawk bathing and later playing in the grass.