Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Christo and the blue terrors

Red-tails Christo, Amelia and their two kids are doing well in Tompkins Square, although their nest is difficult for us to see as it is hidden in the trees.  We've been able to get much better looks at the parents when they take breaks on the cross of St Brigid's church on Avenue B and 8th Street.  However, they don't always get to relax as some of their neighbors do not like having raptors around. 

Blue jays are likely nesting in the area, and they take every opportunity to harass the hawks.  Below, Christo suffers through a bout of bullying.

Christo mobbed by a blue menace

Christo mobbed by a blue menace

A closer look:

Christo mobbed by a blue menace

Ouch!

Christo mobbed by a blue menace

That last jab proved too much for Christo, who took off screaming.

Christo calling

Aaaaaaaaaa!

Christo calling

To get an idea of what he sounded like, here's a link to the classic red-tailed hawk call.

Christo calling

Poor guy.

Coming up next:  Amelia gets her fair share of punishment from the blue menaces...