Thursday, July 19, 2018

Catching a glimpse the second Tompkins red-tail fledgling

The last few days have been a challenge trying to get a good look at the Tompkins Square hawk fledglings, but I had some luck late this afternoon.

The older sibling spent a lot of time hidden high in the trees on the east side of the park.

Tompkins fledgling A1

Eventually, it ventured across Avenue B to the Newsboys' Home where it was mobbed by my favorite tailless mockingbird.

Tompkins fledgling A1 and a tailless mockingbird

Tompkins fledgling A1 and a tailless mockingbird

The fledgling made a good flight back into the park.

Tompkins fledgling A1

Tompkins fledgling A1

The younger fledgling also made an appearance today, perching in an elm near the nest tree.

Tompkins fledgling A2

Tompkins fledgling A2

I'm really fascinated by the tailless mockingbird, who has harassed every member of the hawk family.  Below, it goes after mom Amelia atop the roof of St Brigid's church.

Tailless mockingbird mobs Amelia

This mockingbird is pretty gutsy!

Tailless mockingbird mobs Amelia

It bit Amelia's wingtips, but she completely ignored it.

Tailless mockingbird mobs Amelia

Meanwhile, dad Christo has been trying to lure the fledglings away from the nest with food.

Christo

Wednesday evening, he caught this mouse and called to his kids to come and get it, but no one answered him, so he ate it himself.

Christo with a mouse

Here he is preparing a pigeon for dinner delivery.

Christo kills a pigeon

Back at St Brigid's, Amelia glares at a pair of annoying jays. Blue jays, mockingbirds and robins have been mobbing the hawks pretty intensely this week.

Amelia with blue jays

For now, it looks like Christo and Amelia are dropping food off at the nest for the fledglings.  They're still being fed by their parents as they learn to fly and get to know the territory.