I enjoy spending time in Battery Park in winter as the cold weather keeps most of the crowds away and the park can be pretty quiet. A young red-tailed hawk has been wintering in the park this season (previously featured in this post), and I was recently delighted to see it playing around on the main lawn.
This hawk seems to be attracted to pine cones, which make perfect toys.
I really love seeing young hawks run around, and I managed to get some video of this hawk curiously inspecting the vegetation.
In addition to pine cones, this hawk had fun wrangling a pine bough.
It doesn't get much cuter than this (action starts at the 50-second mark) -
Playful one minute, stern the next...
As nesting season starts up, these young hawks will likely migrate out of the city, so enjoy them while you can.