Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk eats a pigeon in the park - October 28th, 2014

I spent about 2 ½ hours with a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk in Washington Square Park today. 

I had to wonder if it was the same juvenile I'd seen flying above the park with Bobby on October 12th and the 24th but it was not possible to know for sure. 

October is one of the main fall migration months and there have been several juvenile Hawks passing through Washington Square Park over the last few years. Here are a few links to some of the past visits: September 10th & 11th 2011, October 23rd 2011, October 27th 2012.

I saw one of the adult Red-tailed Hawks perched on an NYU flagpole outside the eastern border of the park. I believe it was Bobby. He was facing southeastward:

I had to step away from my view of him in order to keep my eye on the juvenile. When I looked for him several minutes later he was gone anyway. I was tempted to see where he might have gone but finding out what the juvenile would do next instead was a more exciting idea.

Wiping up after its meal (the remains of the pigeon on the branch in the foreground):

It was right after sunset when I left the juvenile high in its tree. It's likely it is going to spend the night unless Bobby or Rosie chased it out after I left the park.

A fellow Hawk-watcher informed me that one of the adult Hawks was tucked into the Red Roost Inn this evening.

Migrants at sunset - October 26th, 2014

A fellow Hawk-watcher saw one of the Washington Square Park Red-tails flying a block north of the park for a few seconds this morning. 

I visited the park just before sunset this evening and stayed for an hour but didn't see a Hawk. There were a few nice migrants to watch though which was great.

Hermit Thrush:

Winter Wren:

The Wren isn't in focus in this picture but I included it to show just how tiny these Wrens are (typically 3 to 4.5 inches in length):

Another Hermit Thrush:

Sunset illuminating the leaves:

The Cable Building in the sunset:

The top fire escape level, where Bobby and Rosie had been delivering nesting material:

The ConEd (Consolidated Edison) tower lit up for the evening (it is a regular Hawk perch northeast of Washington Square Park) :

I was curious if the orange lighting represented anything specific and discovered the ConEd tower's lighting schedule

The tower and clock lights were orange tonight to show ConEd's support of Food Bank for New York City.

Dora & Christo, Bobby & a juvenile - October 24th, 2014

I saw Dora, the Tompkins Square Park Red-tailed Hawk mom, circling above the street during a walk this morning:

She joined her mate Christo who was sitting on the heat vent of a building a few blocks north:

The constant wave of heat made the plastic shopping bags and other bits tumble and swirl in the air.

Their building was on 1st Avenue between 3rd & 4th Streets. Here's a Google Street View of the building (seen if facing east):

Dora dropped down to the top of one of the water towers for a few seconds then took off and flew north.

Christo stayed behind:

I saw Dora go as far north as 1st Avenue between 17th and 18th Streets. She was circling around that area, scaring up a pigeon flock.


I then went to Washington Square Park after an appointment. I saw a Red-tailed Hawk circling above the eastern border of the park. I lost sight of it for a few minutes.

I heard the sound of a Hawk calling from high above. I turned around to see Bobby and a second Hawk circling above the park square. I was hoping it was Bobby and Rosie but it happened to be Bobby screaming after a juvenile.


They circled pretty close together at one point:

Bobby on the left:

They flew northeast after about three minutes, one following the other.

They flew so high up and so far north, I thought they might have headed to Union Square Park so I looked for them there.

I looked for them for about a half hour (without success) before returning to Washington Square Park. 

I spotted a Hawk flying above the northern border of WSP. It was the juvenile:

Bobby reappeared as well:

Bobby circling around One Fifth:

He and the juvenile flew far northeast again after almost ten minutes.

It was time for me to end my birding for the day.

I checked the Cable Building fire escape site to see what state it was in since we had had lots of rain and wind the last two days. There wasn't much material left on it anymore: