Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Red-tail fledgling frolics on the lawn in Tompkins Square

The younger of the two Tompkins Square red-tailed hawk fledglings continues to be the little adventurer. After catching a mouse on Sunday, the fledgling spent a lot of time on Monday flying around the park and playing on the ground.

The fences in the park make good hawk perches, as well as protecting planted areas from people and dogs.

Tompkins red-tail fledgling #2

As the gates to the main lawn were locked, the hawk had the whole area to safely use as a playground.

Tompkins red-tail fledgling playing in the grass

Going for a run...

Going for a run

Pieces of wood and bark are favorite toys for the hawk, who tossed them up in the air and practiced pouncing on them.  This play-hunting activity is important for learning to catch prey.

Tompkins red-tail fledgling playing with a piece of wood

Tompkins red-tail fledgling playing with a piece of wood

Tompkins red-tail fledgling playing with a piece of wood

 Tompkins red-tail fledgling playing with a piece of wood

Tompkins red-tail fledgling #2

After spending the afternoon having fun, the fledgling returned to the hawk family's favorite locust tree on the east side of the park where its sibling (below, right) perched. The older fledgling has yet to venture out of the area surrounding the nest tree, so I like to think the younger one told it all about the exciting world beyond the dog run.

Tompkins red-tail fledglings #2 and #1

Here is some video of the younger fledgling playing with a piece of wood on the main lawn: