Bobby and Rosie work on the fire escape nest - August 19th, 2014

It's still too early to tell if Rosie and Bobby are going to use the new fire escape location for next spring's brood but their activity today was a real eyebrow raiser. 

The 'nest' has a lot more material on it since the last time I saw it and Rosie went through great efforts to bring a new and heavy piece to it today. Bobby showed up and help fortify and build up the nest.

Rosie:



Bobby appeared. He is seated on the right:




Bobby:



Rosie working on the nest:


A window washer stepped onto a ledge at the same level as the fire escape but never saw Rosie:


It didn't take long for him to finish up then go back inside.

Rosie flew from the nest and to the railing after a few minutes:







She flew between buildings lining Mercer Street 12 minutes after landing at the base of the water tower:


I found her on a new perch located two blocks further east:


She dove down then came back up with a fascinating piece of metal and spring:



She then hopscotched to a couple of different perches before bringing it to the fire escape:
















She brought the material to the nest, set it in place, then went back to the railing.

She panted for a couple of minutes. The piece she had carried must have been pretty heavy and unwieldy for her and tired her out a bit.


She took to the sky again:


Heading southeast again:




She flew back to the fire escape after a couple of minutes:


Bobby flew right after her (he is on the right):



Hello?


They both worked on the nest for several minutes together:


I hated to do it but I had to leave the two for the day. I left with Bobby still working on the nest material and Rosie preening on the railing: