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:

Bobby and Rosie at dusk - February 28, 2012

I heard from a couple of different people during the day that Rosie and Bobby spent considerable time together perching, soaring, and twigging on Tuesday.

At dusk, I saw Bobby hunting in a fenced-off area of Washington Square Park while Rosie sat atop a building nearby.

Bobby:




He scanned the ground for prey intently:


Rosie:



Rosie flew off her perch and toward the nest. I lost sight of her so don't know if she went into the nest but she seemed to be heading directly thereabouts (I lost sight of her as she reached the Bobst Library):


Bobby continued to hunt on various perches. 


At one point he looked up and watched something in the distance. I turned around to see what he was looking at and saw Rosie coming in for her landing on Judson Memorial Church:



She landed near the base of the cross (out of my eyesight's range).

Bobby on yet another perch:


Rosie left the church top and flew overhead and toward the Red Roost Inn:



Bobby stayed in the trees another few minutes:




He flew to the ground and landed on a creature briefly. It squealed loudly. It sounded like a rat. It must have escaped because when Bobby then flew to a tree, he had nothing in his talons.



After a few minutes he flew out of sight as well. 

Upon reaching the Red Roost Inn, I saw both hawks perched together: 


I stayed for a few minutes until it got quite dark. Happy the pair made it through another day safe and sound, I went home.

Twig-gathering Southern Central Park Red-Tailed Hawk - February 27, 2012

It was wonderful to see one of the Southeastern Red-tailed Hawks flying in the air as soon as I hit the street in search of them:




It was seeking twigs for its nest:




























It disappeared behind buildings and did not return during my visit. I waited below the Crown Building in the hopes it'd fly over me and land in its nest with the twig but it did not. I had to return to work so perhaps it flew to the nest not long afterward.