Below are photos from this past week, in date order.
Mom Amelia perches next to one of the nestlings, who is half her size and seems to be contemplating its giant yellow feet.
The chicks sit up on the edge of the nest with their feet gripping the sticks as they lean their bodies forward. They often nap with their heads hanging over their feet, dangling over the side of the nest. I don't recall chicks in past years doing this.
Whoa! Look at those strong legs and dark wings!
A wing stretch reveals drastic changes to the wings and tail.
Seen together, it appears the chick on the left may be a few days younger than the one on the right. It is still much downier than its sibling.
This is the one I believe is the younger of the two. Pin feathers on the wings are a couple of inches long.
Chilling out on a hot summer afternoon. Amelia stands guard in the background.
The three baby hawks over at Washington Square Park have now fledged. I spent some time with them this week. Below, Fledgling #1 spent its first day in the big world
The following day, two hawklets were still up at the nest ledge. Check out Roger_Paw's site for on-going extensive coverage of the Washington Square hawk family.