Although a departure from our usual #storefront related posts, we couldn't resist sharing this photo of the nestlings with their huge legs and talons and puff-ball like bodies. They are still way too young to fly as the legs and talons grow first. #redtailedhawks are #raptors and one of the largest #birds in North America with females having a wingspan of 44.9-52.4 inches (114-133cm). They have a raspy scream and even these babies were making little noises as they pecked at the newly dropped off "meal" which in #nyc generally consists of rats, pigeons or squirrels.
Red-tailed Hawks typically put their nests in the crowns of tall trees where they have a commanding view of their surroundings but in this case a rather narrow air conditioner perched on the ledge of a 12-story building was used. This pair of adults had a nest constructed of dry sticks and filled with bark strips and vegetation on a much larger air conditioner on Avenue B adjacent to Tompkins Square Park last year. We are a little concerned that there is not much room in the nest once the hawks get larger but we have to trust that the parents knew what they were doing when choosing this spot. #birdsofprey #birdlovers #trb_creature_feature #trailblazers_urbex #trb_perspective #instagramNYC #birdsofinstagram #insta_america my.3rd.eye, folllo0werrrs, rosiedreadful and 65 others like this.
AND... Hudson with Gem Spa's kitty Candy. East Village, NYC. #savenyc#magazines #eggcream #gemspa #eastvillage