Rosie's dinner during her nest break - March 23rd, 2013

I arrived at Washington Square Park around 3:15PM on Saturday. The nest site looking good with Sexton's framed items lined tightly in a row against the window so the birds don't get so spooked by inside activity:


A squirrel found a great piece of paper towel for his nest:


But some mean squirrel higher up in the tree attacked him so he dropped his nesting material:


I was at this point looking for Bobby in case he was hunting in the trees. 

I went to the park's square to get a better view of the whole area and saw Rosie just as she flew by for a nest break. I learned later that this occurred after Bobby flew in to the nest ledge and took on incubation duty for her (naturally).

Landing on Two Fifth Avenue:






She flew from west to east then back again:






She landed in a tree at the western side of the park:


She was in a tree overlooking what some of us Hawk-watchers on the ground call The Pigeon Path since it's where pigeons are regularly fed.







She kept her eye on one particular young pigeon:



But others flying near her as they landed on other trees interested her as well of course:


She then enjoyed a nice bout of stretching and preening:





A park regular was guarding the little pigeon (with some humor of course) from Rosie. He was explaining to a friend that he recently found it and it seemed to be a few days old. He said it wasn't flying much. 

It sounded to me as though it may have been sick but it was none of my business so I kept to myself and kept photographing Rosie and chatting with random people who'd approach me and ask what that beautiful bird in the tree was all about.





Clearing her throat:


The din of drumming and chanting got closer and closer. I turned around and saw it was caused by Occupation Wall Street rally marchers, heading right in my direction.

I whipped around to fire off a couple of shots.

Three friends who found themselves 'leading' the charge:


NYPD suits not looking so thrilled to be there:


Rosie watched with her usual ho-humness:


Some of the passing group must have noticed my activity because they turned to take a look at Rosie:


Rosie saw as the little pigeon walked into the open:







The pigeon's guardian tried to chase Rosie but he had no chance of catching up with her. Besides, the little pigeon was a goner at that point.


Looked like this man may have been swinging at her:


Note the photo shoot in the background and the lady in the purple dress:










The nest ledge is in the distance, above her left wing:





She has what looks like dried discharge stuck to the area below her eye:










Cleaning her beak:


The Hawks like to use a different branch or area of the same branch a good distance from their meal for their beak-cleaning. It makes sense in that one part of a branch is the 'dinner table' while the other is a clean spot to freshen up.

She flew out of the trees and to a nearby building's chimney:









She returned to the nest at 5:09PM (according to my camera's time stamp):



That means her nest break was for just over an hour and a half.

Bobby then flew out of the nest:





He flew directly to the tree I and a couple of others were standing by (where Rosie ate the pigeon):





I thought he might have come to that tree for the leftovers (left on the branch) but he didn't  approach them.






He stayed on this tree for thirteen minutes.






In a new tree:


He seemed to have headed to that tree to scare away what looked like either a Cooper's Hawk or Sharp-shinned Hawk (which promptly flew away from the park):


Bobby in the air again:



He eventually flew east from the park and out of sight. It was time for me to head out anyway since I had errands to run.