Adult Red-tail spotted in Washington Square Park this morning - September 30th, 2014

I received the word from a fellow Hawk-watcher that an adult Hawk was on One Fifth Avenue around 8:30AM. It might have been Rosie by the looks of it. 

The Hawk was perched a bit lower on the building than usual (not at the top where you can see its silhouette against the sky).

I can't be at the park until later today but this is great news as we had been getting a bit frustrated to not see one for a whole two weeks (a first).

No notable birds to speak of - September 29th, 2014

There weren't any notable birds during my outing today. I didn't see Rosie or Bobby or any migrating birds either. 

My search for the Red-tailed Hawks expanded to a few blocks south of the fire escape/Cable Building because I had seen them flying above that southern area a few times over the last month and a half. 

I was curious to see if they were hanging out in that new neighborhood during this non-breeding season (especially since looking for them in Washington Square Park hasn't been successful for me and a couple of fellow Hawk-watchers for about two weeks now).

All that remained of the dead pigeon from a few days ago was a small puff of feathers:



It's a shame I didn't get to see if it was one of the Hawks or a maintenance worker who removed the body.

Replenished fire escape material - September 26th, 2014

I didn't see the Washington Square Park Hawks Rosie or Bobby today but I did notice that the material on the Cable Building fire escape had been a bit replenished:


The level below had some material that may have fallen onto it.

A worker's glove that had been there for the last couple of weeks was still wedged in place:


There was a dead pigeon on one of the northern Washington Square Park lawns:


It looked a bit roughed up, making me wonder if perhaps one of the Hawks had had it in their talons first and dropped it. 

The presence of green bottle flies showed that the pigeon had been there for only a couple of hours at the most, as that kind of fly arrives almost immediately upon a body.


I returned to LaGuardia Corner Gardens to see what birds might be there today.

I only saw Sparrows and Starlings though, no migrants (unlike during my last visit).



The view of the top of One Fifth Avenue and Bobst Library from the garden:

No Hawks but Fall bird migration brings nice sights - September 22nd, 2014

Today was the third day in a week I've been out birding to search for the Washington Square Park Red-tailed Hawks.

I did see one of them for a few seconds on Wednesday, September 17th as it flew overhead when I was approaching the Mercer Street/Cable Building fire escape but I didn't have my camera ready so I missed getting any shots of it which was a drag. It flew past the fire escape and down toward the park. I looked all around for it but never got to see it again. And I couldn't tell which Hawk it was unfortunately.

It has been a week since I last saw Rosie and two weeks and a day since I've seen Bobby. I've come to find that this is a pattern with them each mid-September. I'd go over a week without seeing either of the Red-tails and then they'd show up and stick around on a more regular basis.

I got to see two fall bird migrants today which was nice. I saw a female American Redstart for a few seconds then a female Common Yellowthroat.

Female Common Yellowthroat Warbler flitting about some brush:



Young Starling and House Finch eating among apples at the LaGuardia Corner Gardens (two blocks south of Washington Square Park):




Rosie in the Washington Square Park trees - September 15th, 2014

I looked for Rosie and Bobby Hawk late yesterday but didn't find them but we did have a lovely sunset.


I had great luck today and got to spend ten minutes watching Rosie in the northwestern park trees.

I followed frantic Blue Jay calls which led me right to Rosie's location:








I tried finding her again but was unsuccessful.

Sunning beauties:


Snacky Sparrow:

Dearth of Hawk sightings, fire escape looking sparse - September 12th, 2014

I've looked for the Washington Square Park Red-tailed Hawks three out of the last five days but did not see them.

A friend saw one of them outside the eastern border of the park earlier this morning so that was good news.

I took photos of the Cable Building fire escape during my search today and saw that it's looking more sparse.

Some material that used to be on the top floor's level is now lying on the level below:


Whether it fell or not is anyone's guess right now but the lower material didn't look purposefully arranged.

The state of the top level:


Bobby and Rosie at WSP and the fire escape - September 7th, 2014

Rosie and Bobby were seen first at Washington Square Park this morning by a fellow Hawk-watcher. One or the other spent a little time on the Judson Memorial Church cross, NYU's Silver Center building, Rosie visited the Bobst Library nest, and then they both headed toward the Cable Building fire escape.

I caught up with my friend and the Hawks several minutes later. I got to see Bobby on the fire escape railing just before he took off and circled above the building:






I noticed Rosie on the building next to the Cable Building:


She watched Bobby fly around:



Bobby joined her a few seconds later: 



Bobby:


They then both took off and headed south and out of sight.

The state of the material on the fire escape: 


They both reappeared, circling the sky a block south of the fire escape 14 minutes later. I only managed to photograph one of the Hawks at a time but they circled close together during a few turns.

One of the Hawks flying over the building where Rosie gathered nesting material on August 14th:



They then disappeared for good a couple of blocks south of the Cable Building. My friend and I waited a bit for their return and looked for them in Washington Square Park for a few minutes but knew deep down they were out and about on their own adventure elsewhere so we departed.

Shifted fire escape material, a few seconds with Rosie - September 3rd, 2014

A fellow Hawk-watcher informed me that they had seen Rosie on one of the buildings outside the eastern side of Washington Square Park early this morning. Rosie was on NYU's Silver Center purple flag pole for a few minutes before she flew southward.

The material Rosie and Bobby Hawk have been bringing to the Cable Building fire escape has shifted and there is a bit less of it there today. We had a couple of heavy rain storms (with gusty winds) over the last few days so some of the material probably blew away or fell through the fire escape's flooring.

The material as it looked when I went birding today:


Here is the material today (left) in a side-by-side comparison with the material as it looked on August 28th:


I didn't see either of the Hawks at first but I did spot a couple of charming squirrels in Washington Square Park eating native food (rather than peanut handouts):




I saw Rosie circling overhead when I was walking toward the fire escape again:


We were at Mercer Street between West 3rd and Bleecker Streets (where the red A is located) below. The southeast corner of Washington Square Park is seen in the upper part of the image, the Cable Building in the lower part where it says "Angelika Film Center & Cafe":



She disappeared soon afterward. But it was nice to see her for all those 30 seconds. 

Another Hawk-watcher let me know later in the day that they had seen both Bobby and Rosie at the fire escape after my visit which was great news since we know they are both accounted for.