Bobby resting atop One Fifth Avenue - October 31st, 2014

A fellow Hawk-watcher saw one of the Washington Square Park Red-tailed Hawks in the park about an hour before I arrived. 

My same friend alerted me to another raptor seated a block south of the park.

It looked like a Cooper's Hawk:


I'd seen a Cooper's Hawk on that NYU apartment complex several times over the last several months.

Bobby was on One Fifth Avenue when I reached the park:


A few Kinglets were flying around the trees in front of us:


Yellow-rumped Warblers were also flitting about:



Bobby moved from one ledge to the other after an hour and fifteen minutes:







He flew off that ledge and to the one further north after another 15 minutes:



He then flew above us, heading eastward, after exactly another 15 minutes.

We lost him at that point. We had been watching him together for an hour and forty five minutes.

We then saw a Peregrine Falcon circle a block east of the park for several seconds before it too disappeared.

The juvenile Hawk from three days ago wasn't seen during our visit. 

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk eats a pigeon in the park - October 28th, 2014

I spent about 2 ½ hours with a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk in Washington Square Park today. 

I had to wonder if it was the same juvenile I'd seen flying above the park with Bobby on October 12th and the 24th but it was not possible to know for sure. 

October is one of the main fall migration months and there have been several juvenile Hawks passing through Washington Square Park over the last few years. Here are a few links to some of the past visits: September 10th & 11th 2011, October 23rd 2011, October 27th 2012.


I saw one of the adult Red-tailed Hawks perched on an NYU flagpole outside the eastern border of the park. I believe it was Bobby. He was facing southeastward:


I had to step away from my view of him in order to keep my eye on the juvenile. When I looked for him several minutes later he was gone anyway. I was tempted to see where he might have gone but finding out what the juvenile would do next instead was a more exciting idea.






Wiping up after its meal (the remains of the pigeon on the branch in the foreground):




















It was right after sunset when I left the juvenile high in its tree. It's likely it is going to spend the night unless Bobby or Rosie chased it out after I left the park.

A fellow Hawk-watcher informed me that one of the adult Hawks was tucked into the Red Roost Inn this evening.

Migrants at sunset - October 26th, 2014

A fellow Hawk-watcher saw one of the Washington Square Park Red-tails flying a block north of the park for a few seconds this morning. 

I visited the park just before sunset this evening and stayed for an hour but didn't see a Hawk. There were a few nice migrants to watch though which was great.

Hermit Thrush:


Winter Wren:


The Wren isn't in focus in this picture but I included it to show just how tiny these Wrens are (typically 3 to 4.5 inches in length):



Another Hermit Thrush:


Sunset illuminating the leaves:



The Cable Building in the sunset:


The top fire escape level, where Bobby and Rosie had been delivering nesting material:


The ConEd (Consolidated Edison) tower lit up for the evening (it is a regular Hawk perch northeast of Washington Square Park) :


I was curious if the orange lighting represented anything specific and discovered the ConEd tower's lighting schedule

The tower and clock lights were orange tonight to show ConEd's support of Food Bank for New York City.