Bobby and Rosie hawk, Presidents Day - February 20, 2012

Today was a federal holiday in the US (Presidents Day) so a lot of people, including me, had the day off from work.

Bobby and Rosie hung out together a lot today. Although I did not see them copulate, they were palling around nicely the three hours I was with them.

Bobby as seen on Judson Memorial Cross through the park's arch:


Pigeons gathered together. Safety in numbers in the presence of the hawks:





Bobby floated and soared to the trees:













Returning to the cross:



Bobby flew a block south before returning to the park:


Bobby on the building on the southwest corner of the park:



Rosie soon joined him:





Rosie on the left, Bobby on the right:




Rosie flew north:


Bobby stayed where he was:



Rosie:




She flew to the top of 2 Fifth Avenue and was perched out of sight for a minute:


She appeared and flew above the park carrying something soft and fuzzy. She had taken something from the roof of the apartment building! It looked almost like part of a bath mat, that kind of material. There is construction being done to the building so it could also be a rag a worker left behind.



She brought it to the cross:



Bobby watched her:


She took the material to the nest:







Bobby flew to the top of the cross:


Rosie stayed in the nest for a few minutes, obviously manipulating the material into the nest. Perhaps it is the soft bed or a reinforcement for a side of the nest.


Rosie left the nest and flew to the side of a building on the eastern side of the park:



She then circled above the park a few times:



Bobby joined her in the air. They both circled above in the sky then traveled to a mews just north of the park.

Rosie chased a flock of pigeons about. She had a full crop so had obviously eaten recently so was probably playing with the pigeons as she usually does.

Rosie:




She found a scaffolding perch to relax on:


Bobby appeared and flew to a perch across from her:




Rosie:


He flew closer to Rosie:




He flew to a lower area. He was out of sight for a few minutes before returning:




Rosie preening:






Bobby upon his return:




The flock of pigeons sat tightly together:


Bobby:


He flew back over the park then far east:






Rosie left her perch soon after:





She sat on a perch on a terrace at 2 Fifth Avenue for only several seconds before flying off and to the cross again:



Bobby had swooped around and perched on the cross again. She perched on the roof top below him:


She then joined him:


Bobby flew to a perch south of the church: 









Bobby flew to the nest then to a building along the park.

Rosie flew over Bobst Library and out of sight for the rest of the night.

 Bobby:



Bobby flew to the Red Roost Inn to sleep: