This week, red-tailed hawks Christo and Amelia have been continuing their bonding activities by nest-building and mating. Christo has been giving Amelia food and they've been spending more time in and around the park.
Below, Christo and Amelia keep an eye on things from one of their favorite perches near Avenue B.
Amelia with a big stick:
She flies the stick towards the nest.
Christo breaking a stick from a tree:
I love watching Christo peel bark from trees. He seems to prefer bark from Chinese Scholar trees as well as American Elm.
The hawks use the bark to line their nest. Below, a piece of bark can be see laying across the top right side of the nest.
Christo on the nest:
When they're not nest-building, Christo and Amelia can be seen (and heard!) mating.
Here they are on the roof of the Christodora building on Avenue B and 9th Street.
This afternoon, Amelia took off from her perch on the cross of St Nicholas of Myra on Avenue A and 10th Street:
She soared past me, on her way to Christo, who was calling her for dinner.
Back atop the Christodora, Amelia is on the left and Christo is on the right:
Just after sunset, a kestrel flew over the hawk pair as they watched over the park.
You can see more recent hawk photos on my Flickr page.