Rosie's bath and both hawks hunting - May 5th, 2012


Saturday was a fabulous day of following the Washington Square Park Red-tailed Hawks Rosie and Bobby around. I had intended on being in the park for a couple of hours but ended up staying for six! 

Highlights of the day were Rosie taking a bath, Bobby catching and eating a pigeon, Rosie sitting on a park lamp post right above people, and Rosie catching a little rat. And, of course, their beautiful flying and sitting at new and interesting perches.

The day started with Rosie flying over the trees above and landing on a building diagonally across from the nest:










Flying to the nest:


In the nest with Bobby:


Bobby:







Rosie and baby:


Rosie joined Bobby:





Cleaning off her beak:



Rosie left the perch and went to NYU's Law Building's rain gutter to take a bath:



























A park-goer said he saw people walking on the sidewalk get wet from Rosie's bath water. Hilarious!







Happy shake:



Wings slightly outstretched for drying:






Bobby still hanging out on the cross:


Rosie continued on her way:







Rosie joined Bobby again:












Bobby:



Rosie returned to the nest:








Back with Bobby:



Bobby stretch:




Rosie flew east then back to the nest:







Bobby dropped down to catch a pigeon:













The pigeon started to slip off the branch so Bobby grabbed it and brought it to another place to eat:




























Bobby walked back and forth on the ledge a couple of times over several minutes.

Rosie:




Bobby walked out of sight again. When I saw Rosie sitting on the ledge I thought I was seeing things. Wait, wasn't I watching Bobby? Where's Bobby?


Rosie:



Bobby popped back into view. He had been sitting further back on the roof. Rosie on the left, Bobby on the right:










He flew north over the park and out of sight from my vantage point.

Rosie:



Bobby reappeared on the cross:


Rosie had ventured to the eastern side of the park and was sitting atop one of the lamp posts:


She was calmly scanning the ground for prey but was causing quite an awesome scene for everyone around who saw her.



She dropped onto a lawn still fenced off for seeding:





An excited kid yelled out, "It got something!"

She had caught a young rat:



The crowd cheered and laughed over her triumph:












She brought the rat to the nest.

I left the park with Bobby still sitting on the cross: