Thursday, May 28, 2020

All three Tompkins Square hawk chicks have branched

All three Tompkins Square red-tailed hawk chicks are now branching, exploring the area of the tree outside their nest. This has enabled us to get a better look at them.

Below, one of the chicks peeks out from the leaves below mom, Amelia.

Tompkins Square red-tail chick and mom Amelia

Tompkins red-tail chick branching

Tompkins Square red-tail chick branching

Earlier today, I was able to get several photos showing the most adventurous of the chicks as it stretched its wings on a high branch of the tree.

Look at that wingspan!

LTompkins red-tail chick branching

Tompkins Square red-tail chick branching

Tompkins Square red-tail chick branching

Tompkins Square red-tail chick branching

Tompkins Square red-tail chick branching

Tompkins Square red-tail chick branching

Tompkins Square red-tail chick branching

Tompkins Square red-tail chick branching

Tompkins Square red-tail chick branching

Tompkins Square red-tail chick branching

Tompkins Square red-tail chick branching

Tompkins Square red-tail chick branching

Tompkins Square red-tail chick branching

I was able to tell the siblings apart for a few days, but now that their feathers and features are changing rapidly, it's hard to tell who is who. There seems to be one who is older, but I do not believe that one was the first to venture out of the nest. Back in 2018, the younger of two nestlings was the first to fledge the nest. The hawks will fledge when they're ready, and each individual is different, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens next.

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