Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Summer straggler

I continue to see one hawk fledgling in Tompkins Square, although the sightings are becoming few and far between.  Most often, I can glimpse one prancing around on top of the Christodora building at Avenue B & 9th Street.

Fledgling atop the Christodora

On Friday evening, I lucked out and had a close encounter with a fledgling in the northeast quadrant of the park.

Tompkins Square fledgling

Tompkins Square fledgling

Tompkins Square fledgling

After staring me down from the honey locust tree near the 9th Street entrance, the hawk made a slow-motion dive to the shrubs below where squirrels ran around on the ground.

Tompkins Square fledgling

It came up empty-taloned and flew along Avenue B.

Tompkins Square fledgling

Tompkins Square fledgling

Tompkins Square fledgling

The hawk perched on a branch right over the park entrance, but didn't seem to be that interested in hunting.

Tompkins Square fledgling 

Hawk activity in the park has really dropped off since the fledglings have learned to take care of themselves.  Christo makes an appearance once in a while, but it's the summer slump when hawk-watching is kind of boring.  I see Dora perched on the dome of Most Holy Redeemer church on E 3rd Street a lot, and I see both her and Christo on their Village View chimney at 1st Avenue & 4th Street, but that's about as exciting as it gets. Maybe fall migration will bring us some interesting travelers.