Thursday, November 17, 2016

Rounding out the week in hawks

The last week has seen some pretty good hawk activity in/over Tompkins Square.  On Sunday, this adult Cooper's hawk was spotted circling over the skateboard area.  This is not the same Cooper's that was seen in the park on November 5th, which was a juvenile.

Cooper's hawk

The Cooper's terrified all the pigeons along Avenue A as it flew around a few times, then headed NE and out of the park. 

Cooper's hawk

Dora and Christo shared a quiet moment in a tree near the chess tables.

Dora & Christo

Below, Christo takes in some rays...

Christo

...then flies off to patrol the park and its dazzling fall foliage.

Christo

Christo

Christo

Christo

On Monday, Christo ate a pigeon the size of a Thanksgiving turkey on a low branch near the Temperance fountain.  Dora watched him from a nearby tree, and later finished off the leftovers.

Christo eats a pigeon

After the heavy meal, Christo flew to the 7th Street entrance to the park where he perched for over two hours, digesting the huge dinner.

Christo digesting after a huge meal

On Sunday afternoon, Christo and Dora perched together atop the Christodora building.  You can see the difference in their head color in the photo below - Christo's is a much lighter golden brown (left) while Dora's head is dark (right).

Christo and Dora

They stayed up there long enough to watch the sun go down.

Christo and Dora

All seems good in Hawk Land.

You can see more recent hawk photos here.

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