Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Hawk triumphs over heatwave

Every summer, I complain about the heat, but this last weekend was undeniably brutal.  I try to get to Tompkins Square every day, no matter the weather, but this last heat wave really wiped me out.

Let's cool off for a minute...

Jökulsárlón

There hasn't been much hawk action in the park as the fledglings are now independent and the sweltering heat likely keeps them from exerting much energy during the day.  I have, however, been seeing one fledgling late in the day, sometimes accompanied by dad Christo.

Tompkins Square fledgling

Last Friday and Saturday, the fledgling showed up to take a bath in a puddle on the roof of the men's room.

Fledgling cooling off in rooftop pool

At the time, the sprinklers were on behind the park offices, so why the hawk opted to soak in the warm fetid pool rather than the nice refreshing spray is anyone's guess.  It just goes to show the birds don't think like we do.

Fledgling cooling off in rooftop pool

When the hawks are on the roof, they can really disappear.  If I hadn't seen the hawk fly up there, I might not have known it was there at all.

Fledgling cooling off in rooftop pool

Fledgling cooling off in rooftop pool

Fledgling cooling off in rooftop pool

After the spa session, the hawk spent a good deal of time lounging around on this squirrel nest that hangs right over the sprinklers.

Fledgling hawk on squirrel nest

Tompkins Square fledgling

Then it flew a few trees over to another squirrel nest.  No one was home at either location.

Hawk fledgling in squirrel nest

The hawk didn't appear to be hunting.  Sometimes the squirrel nests are used by the hawks as places to stash food, so the fledgling could have been scavenging for snacks, but I don't really know.

Fledgling hawk sitting on squirrel nest

I love the color of their eyes at this age, which is bright lemon yellow.

Tompkins Square fledgling

Please now turn your attention to the Winners Podium to see this fledgling claim a gold medal in the 2016 Summer Hawk Olympics.

Tompkins Square fledgling

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