Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Christo and Amelia gear up for their 7th nesting season

It's January, which means nesting season for our local Red-Tailed Hawks is ramping up. Resident pair, Christo and Amelia, have been doing some light housekeeping at their old nest, and will likely spend the next few weeks collecting sticks in preparation for the next generation of offspring.

Earlier in the week, I found Amelia on the roof of the Christodora building, calmly watching over Tompkins Square Park.


She eventually moved from that perch to the cross of St Nicholas of Myra church on Avenue A.


Here she is on the cross of St Brigid's church on Avenue B:


The following day, Christo took his place on the Avenue A cross.


Yesterday, I found him soaring over the park.


He then settled on his spot atop the Christodora.  He prefers the south end of the roof while Amelia likes the north end. They almost always face west.


It wasn't long before Christo was mobbed by a local Kestrel. The hawks tolerate this annoyance better than I would, lol.

Christo being mobbed by a kestrel.

Stay tuned as we look forward to another successful year for this hawk pair.

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