Wednesday, May 13, 2020

This week's Tompkins Square hawk chick update

The Tompkins Square Park red-tailed hawk chicks are finally getting big enough to see over the rim of their deep nest.

Check out those wings!


All three nestlings are looking good and appear to be doing well. Tuesday morning, I took some video of Amelia feeding the trio breakfast (pigeon):

The nest has been difficult to see, so we've not been able to see all stages of the chicks' development, but here are a few photos that show their progression over the last two weeks.

May 1 - all white and fuzzy. One chick is clearly visible while the other two tend to stay low in the nest.

May 4 - all three chicks are still white and fuzzy, but at least one is developing pin feathers on its wings.

May 11 - the wings of at least two of the nestlings are dark brown and pin feathers are visible on their tails.

Mom, Amelia, leaves the nest. I still don't know how the hawks manage to maneuver their large wings among the branches.

May 12 - all three nestlings are clearly visible and eagerly get fed by mom.

All five hawks are in this photo - if you look closely, you can see the shape of dad, Christo, behind the leaves on the upper left.

It won't be long before these little guys start branching and exploring the tree outside the nest.

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