Monday, June 25, 2012

[Updated] New red-tailed hawk delights crowd in Tompkins Square Park, eats pigeon

This afternoon before the storm, Bobby Williams and peter radley noted the arrival of a new adult red-tailed hawk in Tompkins Square Park...






[Top 3 photos by peter radley]

The hawk dined on pigeon.






[Top 3 shots by Bobby Williams]

And thanks to EVG reader John Iz for some photos as well...

UPDATED:

Thanks to Jacquelyn Gallo for sending us this video of the red-tailed hawk in action yesterday...

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

> new adult red-tailed hawk

any ideas as to what happened to the previous one(s)?

are these RTHawks banded or tracked somehow?

i like the video, in which you can hear all the other birds harassing the eating RTHawk.

I-)

Anonymous said...

I was there and the robins and friends were not pleased with the pigeon as a meal.

Roger_Paw said...

Hawks routinely just pass through areas on their way to finding their own territory to claim. Seems no Hawk has claimed TSP for a while.

Hawks are banded from time to time but first you must trap them (there are harmless ways to do so) and be part of an organization or research center that would care enough to study its habits. Red-tailed Hawks are so common, and their behavior pretty well documented so odds are folks won't need to band and study these hawks.

There are lots of Red-tailed Hawk families being studied all over the city. Sites include:

http://palemale.com/

http://rogerpaw.blogspot.com/

http://morningsidehawks.blogspot.com/

Goggla said...

Beautiful bird. Messy eater!

Anonymous said...

Strangely... for myself, I have not seen a single hawk in any of the parks I frequent, ever since those 3 hawks were found dead a few months ago. Right up until that time, I saw a hawk almost every time I went to a park. Just haven't seen them.

Anonymous said...

thanks, R_P!

I-)