Bobby and one fledgling seen - June 30th, 2015

I only saw one fledgling and one parent during my Hawk outing today. 

I heard a fledgling crying and I looked all around for it but couldn't locate it. The fledgling could have been on one of the buildings I walked past but tucked out of sight.

I spotted a fledgling 7 minutes later but it might not have been the crying one I had been hearing. It was on the building behind Pless:


It was sitting on the same refrigeration unit I first saw a fledgling at on the 28th.


I didn't even find the fledgling by tracking its sound (which ricochets between the tall buildings). I saw it because I had seen an adult fly in its direction moments earlier.

I suspect it was Bobby who I saw fly toward the fledgling because I then saw him fly back toward where he had come from:


The fledgling then hopped out of sight. I didn't see it or its sibling the rest of my visit.

This squirrel caught my attention because it was so darn chubby and white-chested:


It was quiet around the park (it might have been nap time for the two kids) so I had to rely on other clues as to where a Hawk was. 

A flock of pigeons scattered down one block, looking panicked. I looked up and saw Bobby circling above them for a few seconds. He then zipped westward:


I had to go and the Hawks were not around much so I left not long after Bobby disappeared. 

However around 4:50PM a fellow Hawk-watcher spotted one of the fledglings sitting at the same level where Bobby had stored a rat on the 28th. Picture from that day:


Bobby feeds a fledgling, both fledglings then pall around together - June 28th, 2015

A fellow Hawk-watcher spotted one of the fledglings atop a building a block east from Washington Square Park an hour and a half before I arrived.

We couldn't find the little one when I got there so we went to the park grounds for different views of the buildings.

I spotted one of the fledglings hopping around a building lining the eastern border of the park:



I then saw either the same fledgling or its sibling fly to and land at the Education Building while we were moving to get a better view of the first fledgling:



View of the Education Building perch from the trees:


I am quite sure it was the fledgling that had been stuck on Pless for days (the one I refer to as F2 since it was the second Hawk to have fledged):


My friend looked for the other fledgling and spotted Bobby and Sadie on a water tower 2 blocks east from the park:


Sadie on the left, Bobby on the right:


It started to mist heavily so I had to take shelter under building awnings.

One of the fledglings was spotted sitting close to the parents:


We could hear both fledglings crying over and over. They are still in the baby, begging stage.

Fledgling on a roof, lower left of the photo below:



Bobby swooped down to a lower ledge where food was stashed:



It was a rat. He took hold of it and brought it to the fledgling:




He landed west of the fledgling for a few seconds:



He flew down the block then landed on the building he and Sadie perched on the 22nd:



He then flew across the street and to a roof closer to us:



He then flew over Broadway (which was a block east) and disappeared.

Sadie had to contend with a Blue Jay:



She charged it, landing on its water tower perch. It got the message and flew away from her.

The other fledgling flew to the eating one (Blue Jay sitting on the structure to the left of the fledgling): 






We moved to a better vantage point. Eating fledgling on the right, further back on the roof:


The fed fledgling charged at its sibling:




The visiting fledgling circled the fed one and gently tugged at it:



About to circle the fed sibling again:



It then moved further down the roof line:


There was other food on the roof top. It pounced on a bit:


The fed sibling came over to investigate:


The other fledgling picked up a piece of the old food and accidentally dropped it over the side:


Comparing their appearances, I believe it was F2 whom Bobby had fed. 







Both fledglings then relaxed and preened. I think it's worth noting that every years' fledglings have palled around similarly and do not become solitary creatures once off the nest. Instead, all the fledglings preen, play, and eat near each other and this year's fledglings are no exception. 


The action had stopped so I took my chance to leave for the day.