Tompkins Square Park Feeding

Although we can't see or count the eyasses at Tompkins Square Park yet, due to feeding behavior by Dora, we know the nest has hatched.  Dora didn't leave the nest while I was there, but Christo was all around the park.  I can't wait to see the eyasses in a week or two.

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Tompkins Square Park

I spend a cloudy evening looking to see if the Tompkins Square Park had hatched.  This early on you look for behavioral queues from the parents, since an eyass will be too small to see at this point.  I didn't see any of the behavior I was hoping for.  This doesn't mean the nest hasn't hatched.  It just means that while I was there, I didn't see any positive signs.

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Lower East Side

My visit to the Lower East Side started with a trip to Houston and Avenue D where I saw a Red-tailed Hawk fly off a nest under construction on a school air conditioner.  This is the same site of a nest built in 2008.  We'll see what happens with this pair/nest.

Then it was off to Tompkins Square Park, where the activity was similar to yesterday's.

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Tompkins Square Park Update

My visit to Tompkins Square Park started off slowly.  The male arrived and quietly sat on a branch looking for prey.  But soon we saw three hawks, the pair and an intruder flying over head.  After the intruder was chased off the pair made a trip to the top of the Christodora Apartments.  Then they went out of sight.  This nest is usually a few days behind Washington Square Park, so expect eggs next week.

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Tompkins Square Park Gets Serious

The Tompkins Square Park pair are getting serious about nesting.  They've built a new nest close to Avenue A and 9th Street, and the male is busy courting the female.  They copulated while I was there and he also caught a small rodent and went off to give it to his mate as a present.  So, it looks like everything is in place for spring.


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Tompkins Square Park

As the days grow longer, Red-tailed Hawk couples who in the fall may have spent much of their time apart, spend more and more time together.  Today, the Tompkins Square Park spent much of the after noon close to each other.  A sign nesting season is right around the corner.

One of the hawks caught a pigeon on Avenue B around 12th Street.  I was surprised the kill was so far north.  After eating much of the pigeon, it shared the leftovers with its mate.


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Tompkins Square Park

It was a very windy afternoon on Friday.  When I arrived the two adults were escorting a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk out of their territory.  We lost track of the adult female, but the male came into the park and made two loops around the park and made a trip to the top of the Chritodora House.  It's amazing to watch hawks maneuver in high winds.  They move very fast with incredible control.


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Last Weekday Birding Day

With thunderstorms expected on Thursday and the end of Daylight Saving Time this Sunday, today was the last day I could go birding after work until the spring.  So, I went to Tompkins Square Park and watched Christo (and Dora briefly) hunt in the park.  He caught a small rodent but didn't really get a great meal.


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One Less Rodent In Tompkins Square Park

I've been away at a conference for a week in Las Vegas.  I returned to the city last night and went down to Tompkins Square Park this afternoon. 

Christo, the male of the pair that resides in the park, fly into a tree next to me within minutes of my arrival at the park.  He then went hunting and caught a rodent.  He then ended up into a tree where he roosted for the night.  As I was leaving, I saw an Eastern Red Bat.

What a nice homecoming back to New York City.


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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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