Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Little things

Catching up on hawks...

I've really been enjoying the live chat sessions over at the Cornell Labs hawk cam.  Each time I tune in, I learn something.  As their hawk family is just a few days younger than ours here in the East Village, it's nice to learn about the hawklets as they grow.

This is a screenshot of the Cornell kids getting fed by mom.  You can see by their sizes how much difference being born two days apart makes.  The oldest (left) hatched on May 4 and the youngest (middle) on May 6.

And on this day, I learned about hawk ears.  What do they look like?  You can only see them at this stage, before the feathers grow in and cover them up.  The ear is the fuzzy little tuft below the eye here on this napping bobblehead.

Here it is from a different angle.  It's the black dot to the left of the eye.

Meanwhile, East Village hawks Christo and Dora are doing well.  I haven't been able to count how many feedings there are in a day, but it seems to happen every hour or two.

The hawklets are not visible from the street yet, but mom and dad make regular trips between the nest and the cross at the Most Holy Redeemer church on E 3rd Street.  They have a clear view of the nest from there and it serves as both a resting/lookout spot as well as a dining table.

I caught them up there the other night with a squirrel tail dangling between them.

Christo & Dora

Here is Dora on Mother's Day, diligently watching over the kids.

Dora on Mother's Day

And yesterday, being her beautiful self.

Dora arriving at the nest

Christo helps out by clearing away some old food...

Christo removes food fro the nest

...and taking it over to the church for a late snack.

Christo at Most Holy Redeemer church

In other raptor news, it looks like the baby falcons at 55 Water Street have hatched.

I've put links to all the live web cams I mention here in the list of links over on the right-hand side of the page.

See more hawk photos on my Flickr page.


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