Monday, July 8, 2024

Hawk cools off in sprinkler to beat summer heat

Just like people, the Tompkins Square red-tailed hawk fledglings like to cool off in summer by playing and bathing in sprinklers. As we've had some sweltering days already this summer, I've seen two of the three juvenile hawks taking advantage of the park sprinklers. 

Check out the videos at the end of the post to see the hawk in action.

Playing with some bath toys:

This hawk really gets down in the water to get a good soak.

Note the tail on this fledgling. This one is distinctive because it appears to have a missing or stunted tail feather on the left side of the tail. This feature makes it easy to identify this individual.

In these videos, one of the other fledglings has a go at drinking and bathing in the sprinkler.

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