We followed the two eyasses around the neighborhood as they chased small birds and perched on various buildings and wires.
They are becoming extremely skillful fliers, landing smoothly and balancing effortlessly on the most precarious perches.
When one of them spots potential prey, it goes on full alert....
... and then takes off in swift pursuit of some small birds.
We have yet to see them actually catch anything, and their enthusiastic chases usually peter out with perching in a new spot - in this case, a classroom window at nearby Hallahan High School!
Hawkstalking often takes one to hidden corners of the city. Here is a little gem of a colonial street - Carlton Street - tucked behind the office buildings in Center City.
There is a Frick & Frack tendency with the eyasses as Carolyn Sutton documented on Saturday morning. They find the Barnes construction site simply irresistible, and have little respect for rules...
... as they dig in its dirt piles....
... and dive in the dumpsters!
Finally, one of our intrepid hunters was rewarded with a long-horn beetle...."Hey, ya gotta start small and work up..."
Several hawkaholics have been wondering whether the Red-tail parents teach their fledged eyasses to hunt, so I asked John Blakeman to weigh in with his thoughts:
-- John Blakeman