Monday was an active day for the Tompkins Square hawk fledglings. I caught up with them in the fenced-in area near the Temperance Fountain, where they were playing in the grass.
They're not yet able to catch the squirrels, but are very curious...
Sticks, however, are easier prey.
I love when they run. Vrrroooom!
Crash landing. Is it a hawk or hen of the woods?
Leaves also make fun playthings.
All that running around and pouncing is exhausting. The fledglings often lie down in the grass, something they're less likely to do as they mature.
All this play serves to strengthen their hunting skills, which they are improving upon with each passing day.
More to come...