Friday, June 8, 2018

Tompkins chick pics

It's been a week since we had our first glimpse of a chick in the Tompkins Square hawk nest, and two weeks since they had a hatch.  It looks like there are just two hatchlings this season.  The nest is really hard to see this year, but I did get to see one of the chicks pop up today.

I caught mom Amelia feeding one of the chicks late this afternoon.

Amelia feeds her chick

For a while, all I could see was the chick's head poking up above the rim of the nest.

Amelia and one of her chicks

Then, suddenly, it popped up to reveal itself and a very full crop.

Amelia and one of her chicks

Amelia and one of her chicks

Amelia and one of her chicks

The above photos represent about three seconds out of five hours of hawk-watching, but it was worth the wait.

Amelia has been on the nest watching over the chicks most of the time, but she takes a break once in a while on the cross across the street at St Brigid's church.  I was able to get nice look at her there earlier this week.

Amelia

Amelia

Note her light eye color.  This may be an indicator that she's relatively young. I have no idea of her history, so I don't know her age.

Amelia

Meanwhile, Christo has been sticking close to home, but he's been hidden in the trees.  When he's not perched near the nest, he can be hard to find.  I caught up with him this week as he was hunting in the evening.

Christo

He caught a pigeon near Avenue A, plucked it and ate a bit of it before delivering it to his kids in the nest.

Christo

Christo

All seems well so far with this new hawk family.