Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Farewell to the Tompkins hawk fledglings

It's the end of August and I think it's safe to say Flatbush has left the neighborhood.  I last saw him in Tompkins Square on Sunday, August 13, and I have not had any reports of him since.

Tompkins fledgling #2

Flatbush came to us on June 14, and he gave us two and a half months of thrills and delight, so a big Thank You goes out to Wildlife In Need Of Rescue And Rehabilitation (WINORR) and Ranger Rob from the NYC Parks Department who introduced the fledgling to our park.  And big thanks to Christo and Dora who adopted him as their own and taught him the ways of the hawk.

June 16:

Tompkins fledgling #2

Ranger Rob introducing Flatbush to his new home:

Hawk adoption in Tompkins Square

I am also inclined to say the native fledgling, Ten, has gone off on her own.

Tompkins fledgling #1

I last saw her on Thursday, August 24.  She was heard by hawk-watchers in the park on Saturday, August 27, but no one has seen or heard her since.

Tompkins fledgling #1

The photo below is the last one I took of her. It's not a great photo, but I had a feeling at the time it might be the last time I would see her.

Last look at Tompkins Fledgling #1

She's come a long way in three and a half months!

Red-tail nestling

People often ask me where the young hawks go when they leave the park.  I wish I knew!  They instinctively disperse, but I don't know if they fly a few miles away, or migrate somewhere completely different.  I also don't know if they return.  Flatbush is banded, so if he does decide to visit, he will be identifiable.

All we can do is wish them safe travels and a long healthy life.

Although it's sad to bid farewell to the fledglings, we still have Christo and Dora, who should stick around and defend their territory.  Below, Dora watches activity on First Avenue from a favorite hawk perch atop the Village View apartment complex.


Last Thursday, Dora escorted this kestrel out of the park.

Dora and a kestrel

Meanwhile, Christo stayed vigilant atop St Brigid's church on Avenue B.


He's still molting and appears to be in need of five tail feathers and several wing feathers.  He'll be back to his handsome self soon.

Molting Christo

For anyone missing the hawk kids, I have a collection of Flatbush photos here.

And photos of Ten can be found here.