Rosie's rat dinner and Bobby's brief flybys - March 23rd, 2012

I was happy to see a hawk on the Judson Memorial Church cross when I arrived at Washington Square Park:









Aggressively trying to break off a twig for the nest:






Flying to the nest:






Rosie flew to the cross:








She flew among trees at the western side of the park as well:


She ate a rat that was left on a large branch. I don't know if she or Bobby had killed it and brought it there:






Nearby pigeons looked on:


When Rosie first entered the trees, the flock flew up in a panic with some scattering, some recreating a tight formation (safety in numbers) before perching in the trees again.

Hind leg and foot:



The tail was too difficult to get down at first:



She eventually ate the majority of the rat, leaving a mere scrap on the branch.

Feaking, or wiping her beak clean:





Preening after a nice full meal:


A squirrel in a box near her seemed frightened yet fascinated with her at the same time:



Scratching the back of her head:


Happy shake:










She flew to a building on the southern side of the park (the top of NYU's Hagop Kevorkian Near Eastern Studies building):


She dropped out of sight when hopping deeper behind the building facade.

She hopped back up in view:


She flew to a building further east:






She returned to the cross:







She then returned to the nest:


Bobby left the nest again:




At the cross:


Flying northeast and landing on the Silver Center:















He disappeared further east. He circled the sky behind the Silver Center but I could not find him. I had to leave the park soon anyway. Another good hawk day in the books!