Wednesday, April 28, 2021

First glimpse of red-tailed hawk chick in Tompkins Square

[Update below]

Today we caught our first glimpse of a chick in the Tompkins Square red-tailed hawk nest after observing a hatch a week ago.

Until now, all we've been able to see is parents, Christo and Amelia, looking down into the nest.

Christo & Amelia checking out their chick(s)

Finally, today, a fuzzy bobble head appeared at feeding time.

First glimpse of TSP chick

Below, Amelia gently feeds the chick a tiny piece of meat.

Amelia feeding her chick

In the videos below, you can see the little one bobbing up and down as it gets fed.

In about a week, the chick will likely be tall enough to see clearly over the edge of the nest.

First glimpse of TSP chick

First glimpse of TSP chick

Could there be more than one chick? Today, I could only confirm one, but there could definitely be one or two more. Last year, there were three chicks, so I'm hoping for more, but we'll have to wait and see.

UPDATE: As of April 29, we can confirm TWO chicks. Urban Hawks has posted some nice video showing Amelia wit the two little ones.

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