Washington Square Park Hawk Love Birds - December 3rd, 2016

I was delighted to see Bobby and Sadie sitting together atop One Fifth Avenue as soon as I arrived in Washington Square Park this morning. They were a couple of Love Birds:

I saw a third Hawk dive into the park trees. One of the WSP Hawks jumped down from the building and yelled, chasing after it.

I rushed over to catch the action but only saw Sadie land on a southwestern building and Bobby escort the interloper away.

He and the visitor flew far west of the park. Bobby then returned to the grounds and flew around Sadie's building:

She watched over the area just south of her:

Bobby reappeared on One Fifth Avenue without me seeing him return:

He jumped off after 2 minutes:

He flew over the library and to a perch a block south of the park:

He was off within a minute:

He circled over the park, cocking his eye down toward it at one point:

He rose higher and darted northeast out of the park.

Sadie seemed to partake in a sun bath:

She spent 35 minutes on her perch then circled low over the park:

She landed on One Fifth after her 3 minutes of circling:

She settled down and appeared to relax. I observed all the activity over the course of an hour. It was quite chilly and I'm still getting over a cold so I left Sadie enjoying her sunning.

In other news, Bobby has been seen roosting at his winter perch (the Red Roost Inn) just about every night the last few nights.

Sadie fights a juvenile Hawk, has a perchy day - November 27th, 2016

I spent a couple of hours in Washington Square Park today and saw a lot of Sadie Hawk action.

A fellow Hawk-watcher saw her on her favorite perch a block south of the park earlier this morning.

I first saw Sadie on her favorite southwestern building:

I saw a Peregrine Falcon flying a few buildings north of her but the two raptors didn't interact during my stay.

Pigeon flocks were plenty nervous and gathered on the park arch (safety in numbers I suppose):

Sadie flew off her building 15 minutes later and circled around the area just north of the park. 

I was watching as she flew toward and grabbed onto another bird for a second. I thought she had grabbed a pigeon (the flock had leapt up and started circling too when she was in the air) but I saw that in fact she had fought a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk.

They made contact for only a second. I took a couple of pictures of the juvenile but they turned out awful and weren't blog-worthy I'm afraid. 

The juvie circled a little further north but stayed around for another minute. Sadie then got closer and closer to it until it flew away.

Sadie disappeared so I looked for Bobby Hawk in the trees. I didn't find him but I did see this chatty Yellow-bellied Sapsucker flying from tree to tree:

I've seen Bobby perch on this branch in the past. It's quite popular apparently!

I noticed Sadie was on her regular One Fifth Avenue perch 20 minutes later:

She looked like she was having a relaxing sun bath until she jumped off after 20 minutes:

She landed on a heat vent on a neighboring building:

A second raptor that looked very much like a Cooper's Hawk circled near her building for several seconds before moving on.

Sadie flew northeast then circled back toward the park after her 5 minutes' rest.

Battling a gust:

I found her back around the park 10 minutes later. She went from an east building flag pole to flying fast and low across the park and above the trees. She lowered her legs as if to land or grab prey but she did neither and continued circling and flying:

She then landed on NYU's Silver Center then on NYU's Education building:

A flock of pigeons was eating on one of the lawns near me but would get startled by either a dog running toward them or someone waving their arms at them. The birds were a bit of a spectacle sometimes:

Sadie finally flew north again. I had had a full Hawk visit and figured this would be a good time to leave for the day.

Turkey Day Hawks - November 24th, 2016

I got to see the Washington Square Park Red-tailed Hawks briefly on this Thanksgiving Day.

Bobby was perched on a northwestern building:

Sadie came in for a landing on the southwestern building 15 minutes later:

Bobby then flew south 3 minutes later and Sadie flew out of sight while I went to look for Bobby.

I saw them again 10 minutes later as one of the Hawks flew north and the other flew far east.

It was a brief park visit and brief Hawk sighting but it turned out perfectly.