Monday, July 14, 2014

Wild ones

The Tompkins Square hawks continue to have fun in the park.  I love seeing them buzz by people's heads and pounce on unsuspecting sticks.

Tompkins Square Park

Red tail in Tompkins Square

Red tail playing with a stick

Tompkins Square Park

Tompkins Square Park

All three fledglings look to be doing well.  Dad Christo continues to feed them, but they're practicing their hunting skills by chasing anything that moves (as well as things that don't).

I haven't seen Dora since the last fledge on July 2, but Roger Paw caught her back up on the nest on July 5.  From what I understand, it's not unusual for the female to take a vacation after the fledglings leave the nest, so I'm not too worried.

Meanwhile, Christo is taking care of his kids, but is still getting some attitude. I'm not sure if this is the same fledgling who keeps doing this, but here again Christo (left) gets knocked off the flagpole by a rambunctious juvenile.

Christo, dethroned

Funny, because at the same time a short distance away, this was going on....similar behavior?

Tompkins Square Park

I'm a wild one!
Gonna break loose
Gonna keep a movin' wild

Gonna keep a swingin', baby
I'm a real wild child!     

-- Iggy Pop

Red tail in Tompkins Square

See more hawk photos here:

City hawks 3
City hawks 2
City hawks 1



  1. I wonder what they do in this stormy weather.

  2. onemorefoldedsunsetJuly 15, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Love the hawk/human goings-on here, and the Iggy Pop is perfect!

  3. I've spent the last two thunderstorms hanging out with Christo to find out. The answer: Nothing! Well, they just sit quietly in the trees watching everything around them. All the other animals tend to take shelter from the rain, so I guess there's not much reason to hunt or fly around. When the rain stopped the other night, I caught one of the juveniles on a rooftop on 7th Street shaking it out. To some extent, they must like the shower.