Southern Central Park hawk and nest - February 29, 2012

Because I'd seen one of the southeastern Red-tailed Hawks picking at terrace trees for nesting material a couple of days ago, I looked toward the same site while on my way to work this morning. 

I was pleasantly shocked to see it sitting relaxed on the middle terrace tree:

The office building it sat upon is located on 5th Avenue between 57th & 58th Streets (a block south of the park).

Later in the day I had a look at the hawk's nest to see how it was faring. It was a rainy day so I was especially curious to see how it was holding up under the inclement weather conditions.

Nest is left of the porthole window:

It was looking a bit flattened and very wet. It's not a great location for a nest and for birds of the hawks' size so I do hope the hawks choose a better location for a brood this spring.

The beautiful crown that is the building's namesake:

Nest to the right of the larger windows: