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.
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.
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.
With the days getting longer, the two adult hawks seem to be spending more time together. Intruders to the park today included a juvenile Red-tailed hawk, a Cooper's Hawk and a rare visitor, a Merlin.
The Tompkins Square Hawks and a young Cooper's Hawk were in the the park this afternoon. There were snow flurries and a tree lighting in the park.
You would think Tompkins Square Park would be quiet in early December, but the resident Red-tailed pair has had to deal with visiting Red-tailed Hawks, Cooper's Hawks and Peregrine Falcons. It's a great show and made it a fun visit to the 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.
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.
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.
The temperatures are dropping and Red-tailed Hawk pairs are returning to their old hunts. Both hawks were in Tompkins Square Park this evening. Nice to see them enjoying the park.
The Tompkins Square Park adults on the Most Holy Redeemer church near 4th Street and Avenue A on Tuesday evening.
Mid-August can be a frustrating time to watch hawks. Juveniles are becoming harder to find as they expand their range, and for some precocious ones, begun to migrate. So, for the last week I've had to be content to find some adult hawks in both Washington and Tompkins Square Parks.
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.
I didn't spend much time in Tompkins Square Park this evening, but saw a fledgling near Avenue A, two young hawks soaring over the Lower East Side and Dora on a church cross.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The three fledglings in Tompkins Square Park were having a great time on Sunday afternoon. They were very active and played on the ground chasing sticks, one had a meal, and another ended up bathing in a playground fountain. Just like any youngster, it's so fun to watch them learn through play.