A few minutes with Bobby - November 25th, 2014

I didn't have much time to visit Washington Square Park today but I did get to see Bobby for 15 minutes. 

I saw as he descended onto a chimney vent northeast of the park.

His vent is in the middle, One Fifth Avenue is on the left, and the park arch is on the right:

It was chilly today and I gather he was enjoying the heat blasting upward:

I happened to look away and miss the moment he flew off his perch. I lost him completely and couldn't find him despite searching for him for an hour.

The nest was looking well:

A fellow Hawk-watcher let me know that a Hawk was roosting at the Red Roost Inn tonight.

Bobby beats me to his evening roost - November 23rd, 2014

I searched throughout and around Washington Square Park for the resident Red-tailed Hawks for two hours today only to eventually find Bobby settled into his evening roost at the end of my visit. 

I forgot to mention a few days ago that the park's rat traps now have new stickers on them indicating that they do not contain rat poison.

The label below reads:


Bobby in his roost (referred to as The Red Roost Inn since it is located on the side of a hotel):

He was facing north, overlooking a rather quiet block.

Bobby's rat catch and bedtime. Still no Rosie - November 21st, 2014

I saw Bobby for an hour today as he performed his regular evening routine as of late. He landed on the cross until the sun went down, hunted among the Washington Square Park trees, caught and ate a park rat, then tucked in at the Red Roost Inn.

A couple of people told me they were pretty sure they had seen both Bobby and Rosie circling over the park last weekend but I haven't seen any sign of her. "Yet", I hope. There have been Cooper's Hawks and juvenile Red-tailed Hawks (that Bobby has circled with briefly before chasing them off) visiting the park often this fall so the pessimistic side of me wondered if perhaps another raptor had been seen instead of Rosie. I suppose it's a case of me not being able to rest until I lay my own eyes on her.

The last time I saw Rosie was on September 15th (but of course I'm not saying that was the last time she was in the park). I've expanded my search grounds for her on the chance that she's exploring nearby but no luck elsewhere either.

Since I haven't seen a new female Hawk in the park and palling around with Bobby, I've been hoping there's still the chance that Rosie is coming back or is back and I just haven't seen her yet.


I first spotted Bobby on one of his favorite perches on NYU's Silver Center: