Rosie and Bobby feeding their youngins - May 28th, 2014

Bobby was on his high One Fifth Avenue perch when I arrived at Washington Square Park today.

One of the kids was up:

I walked closer to the nest and spotted Rosie in a tree directly across from it:

Looking at her young from below:

She was hunting, eyeing pigeons and squirrels on the lawn below her.

I saw Bobby fly into the nest so I focused my attention on him for a few seconds. I saw his head jerk as though he were watching Rosie intently. I looked for her in her tree but she had already disappeared on me.

Bobby soon left the nest:

He landed on a branch above me then flew to a branch in the tree Rosie had just been in:

He was hunting as well.

A squirrel climbed toward him. It was seated on a branch across from him, more or less at eye level.

Bobby surprised me by making a go for it:

He missed.

He usually goes for pigeons these days since they are so much easier to catch. 

Rosie flew into the nest after a few seconds.

Bobby with the library in the background:

Bobby flew overhead and north, out of the park:

Rosie watching him:

I found Bobby zooming straight toward One Fifth Avenue:

I meandered back toward Rosie and the nest:

She left the nest without me seeing her go.

Pigeons scattered in a panic to my left so I kept my eye open to see if Rosie might have been the reason.

Sure enough, it was her.

She flew across the park square (from east to west):

She left the Sparrow with the hatchlings to eat then brought older food out of the nest:

I found her on the cross a few minutes later:

Bobby joined her in the few seconds it took me to walk closer to her:


I saw him leave the nest but didn't get a chance to photograph him doing so.

I next spotted him on a building diagonally across from the nest, plucking a pigeon:

He flew north, swung around, then brought the rest of the pigeon to the nest: 

Out again:

I watched the hatchling on the left in the photo below eat some of the pigeon without assistance.