Butterflies and soaring siblings - July 1st, 2012

It was yet another sizzling day in New York today. The Washington Square Park Hawk fledglings were the only Hawks I got to see. One of the adults was seen by Hawk-watchers who were in the park before I arrived so it's assumed the parents were well and were keeping a low and cool profile.

Fledgling on a lawn:







Post-happy shake:




Chasing butterflies:




Yellow butterfly on the left:


The butterfly flew to the right:



It landed behind the Hawk who turned and chased it again:




The butterfly is on the right:




Other fledgling:



It flew to the trees. Its sibling landed on a new lawn:







Yawning while watching squirrels walk up and down the tree:






Flying in front of the buildings at the northeastern corner of the park:



Landing at One Fifth Avenue:


















Landing on Two Fifth Avenue (across the street):





The other fledgling flew from the trees and to the top of a low building lining the park:







It too landed on Two Fifth Avenue, a few terraces below the other sibling:










Both siblings soared and circled in the sky together for several minutes:







Landing on One Fifth, crying during its flight:





Traffic rolled down Fifth Avenue as usual:



The Hawk stayed perched on One Fifth for forty five minutes. I waited and waited for it to fly off. I eventually gave up waiting and walked further into the park to look for the other Hawks. I didn't see any so I went home to cool down and attend to my chores.