Squirrel Standoff

It was too hot to stay too long watching the Tompkins Square Hawks.  Plus the punk bands celebrating the TSP riot, were a little too loud.  But I did get to see two fledglings and Dora.  There was a funny squirrel/hawk standoff too.  A squirrel climbed a small tree that the hawk was in, and then realized it wasn't a good idea.  Luckily, no one was hurt.


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Father and Child

Tonight, Christo acted almost like it was late fall. He spend the evening in the park, casting a pellet, visited the flag pole and did some hunting.  It was nice to spend time with him.  One of the fledglings was also in the park and on nearby buildings.  A nice evening, finally with some normal temperatures too.


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Another Self-Caught Meal

This evening, a fledgling caught another Rock Pigeon and had a meal of it.  While it was eating both parents, arrived and Christo, the male gave Dora a pigeon to eat.  Humorously, the fledgling who had just eaten a whole pigeon, stole the pigeon from Dora.


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Rock Pigeon For Dinner

Today we watched a fledgling do at least fifteen hunting runs before finally catching a Rock Pigeon in Tompkins Square Park. It was exciting to watch and may have been one of the fledglings first kills.

The hawk's sibling hunted a different way.  It stole the pigeon leftovers from its sibling!


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High and Low

It looks like the fledglings at Tompkins Square Park are growing up and venturing farther and farther from the park.  They've been venturing down to 4th Street and Avenue A, on churches and public housing.  They've also been on the top of the Christodora Apartments frequently.

But there has still be at least one fledgling near the pool each day.  But this might not last long.  As July turns into August, the fledglings are going to get harder and harder to find.


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Tompkins Square Park Meal

The fledglings in Tompkins Square Park are still being feed by their father.  This evening one of them got a pigeon.  The fledglings have begun to explore beyond the park as well, with the abandoned school on 9th Street becoming a common destination.


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Tompkins Square Park Fledglings

We found two of the youngsters and their father in the park this evening.  One was playing on the roof of the Men's room, playing hide and seek with a squirrel and then taking a bath.  The other was in a nearby tree and their father was hunting near a dumpster.


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You Can Go Home Again

At Tompkins Square Park, at least two hawks have fledged, but they were all back on the nest Sunday afternoon.  Dora, the adult female had brought food, so they all ended up on the nest.  We've see this at other nests, where the nest becomes a feeding station, but it is unusual.  It will be interesting to see how things progress over the next few days.


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Fledge Days

I love fledge days.  After days of waiting and watching, mostly at a nest, a greater adventure begins both for the young hawks and the hawk watchers.  Today was like so many other fledge days.  It included lots of enthusiasts sharing the joy of watching a creature enjoy flight for the first time.


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First Fledge At Tompkins Square Park

At 8:08 p.m. this evening we had the first fledge.  The eyass made its way to the highest branch of the tree on the west side of the tree, and made a good flight west.  It explored one tree for about fifteen minutes before flying to another tree.  They were good flights with good landings.


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Tompkins Square Park Branching

The Tompkins Square Park eyasses are full of energy jumping from branch to branch around the nest.  It's a sure sign that they'll be fledgling soon. I can't wait to see how they fledge and do they gravitate to the tall trees of the park or the buildings around the park the first few days off the nest?


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Tompkins Square Park Punk

My visit to the Tompkins Square Park nest coincided with the Memorial Day Punk Event.  The hawks didn't seem to mind the concert at all.  The eyasses don't seem ready to branch or fledge yet.  After two years of air conditioner nests, it will be fun to watch this batch of youngsters branch this year.


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