Octavia and Plaza Male, Bobby and Rosie - February 28th, 2013

Octavia palled around with the Plaza Male for most of my work break today, soaring high with him and following him to one of his building perches. I did not see them mate during my time with them.

Octavia on the left:


She is on the right in the photo below as they flew past The Pierre Hotel. The two Hawks seemed to tilt their heads to have a better look at each other:




Octavia joined the male who was perched on the Sherry-Netherland Hotel:


I was at a bad location lighting-wise at this point but I had no way of moving to where I could get better shots of her landing next to him:





She took off:



Both flying together by the Sherry-Netherland:


Around the GM Building:


Octavia flying between the Solow Building and Plaza Hotel:


She disappeared when flying northwest.

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Washington Square Park after work.

Bobby on Judson Memorial Church cross:


He was pretty relaxed, preening.


Red tail sunset glow:


A friend who was in the park near me reported that Rosie was in the nest. She also reported that Bobby and Rosie had copulated less than an hour beforehand.

I caught sight of Rosie as she left the nest and headed to NYU's Silver Center:






Flying north:


She flew behind One Fifth Avenue:


I then saw her fly from One Fifth toward Two Fifth (or the roost?). I thought she might be sitting on the scaffolding or terraces of Two Fifth but I couldn't find her anywhere.

I noticed movement in the construction hoist mast tower but was having trouble believing it could actually be her in there:


But she was perched in there:


Hopscotching to another perch:





She looked like she was heading to the Red Roost Inn but neither she nor Bobby were there.

She headed to the roost a few minutes later, after it had darkened some more.







Bobby then flew in two minutes later (at lower rung):




Satisfied to see the Hawks safe and sound for another night, my friends and I went home.

Bobby and Rosie mating at sunset - February 27th, 2013

I thought I'd have a more pleasant journey to Washington Square Park via bus rather than subway after work today (I didn't have the energy to ride a packed train). But my bus, although a "Limited"/express bus, was making all local stops so I lost valuable time. 

I bring this up only because I had to laugh at myself for getting stressed out for being delayed even by a few minutes to see Bobby and Rosie.

There was no need to fret though because I saw the Hawks in action moments after arriving at the park.

Rosie flew down and landed on construction scaffolding at Two Fifth Avenue (apartment building at the northern border of the park):


She made her way in:
 


The Hawks regularly gather nesting material from that building. For instance, Rosie took rope, roofing material, and soft material (all on different occasions) to the nest last year.

Bobby appeared and went toward her:



Flying past One Fifth Avenue:



He landed on Two Fifth's construction crane/hoist elevator mast:




He then dropped down to Rosie and mated with her:











Flying in front of One University Place (park arch on the left):



Behind Two Fifth:


I lost sight of both Hawks for a few minutes until I saw Bobby again while looking beyond the park arch:


He flew out of sight when I looked away to search for Rosie. I then searched all the regular night roosts but did not find where the Hawks tucked in for the night.

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I only had a few minutes to check on the male Plaza Hawk and Octavia in Central Park earlier today and did not see them about. I did see one of the Hawks fly and land on one of the regular building perches while looking out an office window later in the afternoon though.