Two minutes of soaring Bobby - October 16th, 2014

I got to see Bobby for a couple of minutes today. He approached the park from the northeast. It was a pretty dramatic entry. 

He was soaring super high in the sky upon his approach. As soon as he reached the northeast corner of the park he switched from soaring to circling.

He then tucked into a tight position and dove far northward:

Bobby catches and eats a squirrel - October 14th, 2014

Kestrel diving toward pigeons at the Judson Memorial Church cross:

Bobby was chased and harassed by Blue Jays from tree to tree.


He hunted in a squirrel nest but it was vacant:

He spotted a squirrel in a nearby tree and went for it:

He kept his grip on the squirrel with his wings outstretched over the branches for a solid two minutes:

He spent 22 minutes on his meal:

He tucked the remains onto the branch, probably for leftovers since the Hawks commonly stash food on tree branches.

He spent another 10 minutes wiping up:

He then settled into a lengthy preen:

I had been with him for about an hour and a half already so I took his break as a good time for me to slip away.

Rosie spotted in the Washington Square Park trees - October 13th, 2014

It is 8:30AM as I type the good news that a fellow Hawk-watcher just called me to report seeing Rosie sitting in a tree in the northwestern park tree.

This Hawk-watcher has been birding the Hawks for years so there is no doubt that Rosie was positively identified.

We hadn't seen Rosie for weeks so seeing that she was well and accounted for is a relief. :)