Learning to Pounce

I found two of the fledglings in the Cherry Grove. I can’t tell them apart at this point but I suspect the one we see the most in this video is the youngest, only because it is still pretty clumsy. It came down from its branch chasing a rat, but ended up tossing clumps of dirt and branches.

Ready, Set, Stay

The youngest hawk is still in the nest, about a week past when it was expected to fledge. Dad and one of the fledglings pays a visit. We hope it is OK in the summer heat.

Christo and the Youngest
Christo visits the nest to eat dinner with the unfledged young hawk.

Siblings Reunited
One of the fledglings visits the unfledged sibling in the nest. This is supposedly rare, though these East Village hawks don’t seem willing to follow any of the rules.

Young Hawks at Large

Shaft in a Tree
The first young hawk to leave Christo and Dora’s nest was rescued from an air shaft and brought into the park. Here it is in Tompkins Square Park hoping that dad brings back something to eat. The birders have given it the nickname Shaft. Young hawks are just about impossible to sex without a DNA test, but I can’t help but think of it as male.

Lonely Perch
The second young hawk to leave the Christo and Dora’s nest perches on the roof of the former Public School 64 on East 9th street. I saw it fly and it seems strong. I’ll try to get better photos soon. As of late this afternoon the third and youngest chick was still in the nest.

Hawk Circus

The Red-tailed Hawk chicks in the nest overlooking Tompkins Sq. Park show off their aerial skills, catching a little bit of air over the nest. The oldest chick at this point is 43 days old. Some of the hawk experts I’ve talked to say they are still a few days away from leaving the nest.