Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Checking in with Christo and Amelia in Tompkins Square

Tompkins Square red-tailed hawks, Christo and Amelia, continue to brood and, despite the recent cold spell, things seem to be going well for them. 

We caught up with Christo late Monday when the temperature was down to 29°F with 15 MPH wind - bone-chilling for us, but no problem for him in his warm down jacket.

Christo perched in Tompkins Square Park

Christo went on the hunt for a hot meal.

Christo diving through the trees

Christo looking towards the sky

Christo looking pretty in early spring colors

After a few minutes, he nabbed a small rat, which you can see in his talons below.

Christo catches a rat

Christo perched with a rat in his talons

Christo readjusts his grip on a rat

After calling to Amelia to tell her he had dinner ready, he flew it over to her.

Christo takes off with a rat

Christo carried the rat up to the nest where Amelia remained tucked deep inside.

Christo delivers a rat to the nest

She acknowledged the food delivery, but wasn't interested in eating.

Christo and Amelia in their nest

Before the rat got cold, Christo carried it off to another tree where he quickly ate it himself. He then did a bit of kitchen clean-up and finished off some stashed food before going on another dinner run.

Christo flies off with a rat as Amelia looks on from the nest

We hung around a while longer to see if he caught another rat, but a cloud moved in front of the sun and it was just too cold to stay, so we returned to our own warm nest.

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