'New' WSP nest site, whole Hawk family together - June 29th, 2013

Bobby and Rosie were flying just outside Washington Square Park when I arrived this morning.

I saw one of the parents land on the north-facing side of Shimkin Hall. Shimkin is an NYU building neighboring Bobst Library.


Fledgling several windows west of her:

Both Hawks:

A fellow Hawk-watcher who was already watching the birds told me Rosie and Bobby had been delivering new nesting material to a couple of the window sills on the north-facing side of Shimkin several times already.

I had reported seeing Bobby and Rosie deliver nesting material to a west-facing window of the same building several times last summer but nothing ever came of that location so we'll have to see if they decide to keep this new spot.

The same fellow Hawk-watcher said all three fledglings were on the Shimkin ledge. It was nice to know the whole family was together and doing well.

I could only see one of the fledglings at the moment.

Bobby flew past the building, heading west:

He landed on Bobst Library:

Rosie flew off the Shimkin ledge then returned shortly with a branch:

Bobby had seen her fly in:

He passed the windows and landed on a neighboring, southeast building: 

I moved and focused my attention back on Shimkin and the windows.

Bobby then reappeared on Bobst Library with a dried, flowery twig:

He brought it to the new site:

The fledgling that was in sight the whole time rushed toward him probably thinking he was bringing food:

Bobby flew out after several seconds:

My fellow Hawk-watcher found Bobby sitting on a lamp on the back end of Shimkin:

Babe, begging:


Rosie flew off after a couple of minutes.

Bobby, again in view but on a different back section of Shimkin:

The fledgling relaxed:

The windows Bobby and Rosie have been bringing the material to is the second and third window from the left, at the same ledge the fledgling is sitting on below:

Rosie appeared, flying between Shimkin on the left and Bobst Library on the right:

She was flying above West 3rd Street and across from where pigeons flock at the NYU housing along that street.

My friend saw Rosie fly from West 3rd with a pigeon then land on a building further south on West 4th. Rosie was doing a food drop. The building was a block from Shimkin and in view of the fledgling.

 The fledgling was watching Rosie with rapt attention:

The fledgling began to eat the pigeon:

The fledgling is the small bump on the light silver boxy structure in the center of the photo:

The fledgling was eating for a while so I went to the park grounds to look for any of the other Hawks.

I saw one of the fledglings several minutes later. It hopped from branch to branch in one tree:

Spying on pigeons and other prey:

The fledgling was digesting and settled in to relax. It might have been the fledgling that was eating the pigeon earlier but I can't be sure.

A bunch of the other park creatures were relaxing as well.

I looked some more for the other birds but didn't spot any of them so I left before the heat and humidity became unbearable.

Hot and hazy visit, two fledglings and Rosie - June 24th, 2013

I had a rough go of it while at Washington Square Park today what with dealing with the heat and humidity (we reached a hazy 93 degrees in some parts) and an ongoing eye infection in both eyes. Quite the triple whammy. :-) 

I mention all this because I may not go birding again until this Friday or Saturday when my eye treatment (and hopefully the brutal weather!) is complete.

The first Hawk I saw today was a fledgling sitting on a corner of Silver Center (along the eastern border of the park):

It was restful so I moved to the center of the park square to look for other members of its family. I saw a Hawk on the scaffolding of One University Place (outside the northeast corner of the park):

I figured out later that the Hawk was Rosie.

The original fledgling was still on its Silver Center cornice:

I zoomed in and scanned the face of the building and found one of the fledgling's siblings:

Both babes in the same shot:

Rosie started to get dive-bombed by a Mockingbird:

The Mockingbird chased Rosie when she flew off her perch:

It bumped her back for an instant: 

But she was flying too fast and far for it to keep up so it gave up:

Rosie circled above the square a few times then flew northeast and out of view.

Flying behind One University Place:

I looked around for the third fledgling for a while but didn't find it. It very well could have been tucked high up in tree foliage/shade or on any of the buildings surrounding the park.

One of the last photos I took of one of the fledglings: