Monday, June 19, 2023

Tompkins Square hawk fledlging highlights

The Tompkins Square red-tailed hawk fledglings are doing well, learning to fly and hunt around the park under the watchful eyes of their parents, Christo and Amelia. Below are some highlights from the last few days.

Flying with the landing gear down is a telltale sign of a fledgling learning to fly. The adults tuck their legs up.

This one has a pigeon dropped off by Dad.

This is another fledgling with another pigeon provided by Dad. The fledgling played around with it for a while, learning to grasp its food while hopping around. The kids have to learn how to do everything, including holding onto their food while they fly or balance on a branch.

This fledgling was testing various branches to see which ones could hold its weight.

If you feel a breeze on the back of your neck, you may want to check and see if it's a hawk!

More to come...

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