Friday, August 19, 2022

A brief encounter with the Tompkins Square hawk fledgling

I wasn't sure if the Tompkins Square Park red-tailed hawk fledgling had moved on since our last encounter several days ago, when the hawk was forced to abandon its meal after being scared by a dog. I was wondering if that incident could be the one to convince it to leave the area, but the hawk is still around.

Wednesday evening, the fledgling made a brief appearance along Avenue B.

Tompkins Square red-tailed hawk fledgling

The hawk appeared to be hunting in the same area where it previously caught a rat near the 9th Street entrance to the park.

Tompkins Square red-tailed hawk fledgling

The visit was interrupted by a vehicle that drove into the park, the driver obviously lost. This was only about a day after a car crashed into a row of benches in this very spot, as reported over on EV Grieve. People in the park angrily stopped the driver and forced him to turn around, which he did, then drove off down Avenue B. In the linked post, the tree in which the hawk is perched can be seen on the left side of the first photo.

In all the commotion, the hawk flew off and I lost track of it. I'm hoping it found a safer place to hunt for dinner.

Tompkins Square red-tailed hawk fledgling

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