Thursday, December 06, 2007
2002 January : Red Tailed Hawk in Tompkins Square Park...
Much has been made lately of the presence of hawks , especially immature Red Tailed Hawks , in our little neighborhood parks . Claims are made that this presence is something new : it is not , these young hawks have been in the parks in the fall and winter for many years . We have been watching the hawks come in the fall and go in the spring from Tompkins Square Park for at least 15 years .
Though the total population of Red Tailed Hawks ( Buteo jamaicensis borealis ) has clearly and happily increased in number in the last few years , the number of young but fully grown 8 to 10 month-old Red Tailed Hawks in Tompkins Square Park for each fall-to-spring season has remained the same at 1 to 3 young hawks per season .
Today there are more people in the parks for longer periods of time thus the hawks are more likely to be seen by more people : more total hawk sightings . With all the automated digital cameras in their hands this larger number of park visitors also quite easily and readily produce a bumper-crop of hawk pictures .
Unlike the bulk of this current wealth of hawk images the picture above is not a digital image but an image of an immature Red Tailed Hawk made with film , Kodak Tri-X , nearly 6 years ago in Tompkins Square Park .
Beautiful pictures! I've lived in the area all my life, and the Red Tail has always been one of my favorite birds. Taking hikes in upstate NY, it was always a huge treat to see them. I love that they're population has come back so much in the last 30 years that they can be seen in such an unlikely place as Tompkins Square park.
TSP is not such an unlikely place for these birds .... it is their natural habitat and rightful territory . They have never left our parks here in NYC . Since the founding of our city and through the creation of our parks the Red Tailed Hawk has been with us as a little-noticed neighbor .
Just seems like The Villager ripped you off yet again and they didn't do as good a job as you reporting...as usual.Post a Comment
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