Bobby's regular night-time routine and a hunting Cooper's Hawk - December 29th, 2014







Bobby had flown off the cross to chase after a Cooper's Hawk for a few seconds.

The Cooper's Hawk moved to the other side of the park where it flew amongst Starlings and pigeons: 


The Cooper's Hawk dipped down low at the eastern side of the park.

Here it is as it made its descent, pigeons scattering around it:


Bobby, back on the cross:



On again:








He tried to grab onto the lintel below the terrace but lost his grip:











Twelve minutes with Bobby Hawk - December 26th, 2014

I passed by the old Cable Building nest site on my way to Washington Square Park today.

It was, not surprisingly, barren:



I saw Bobby for only 12 minutes today but he was a most welcome sight.

Coming in for a landing:





He flew north and out of sight, as usual!

Christmas Kestrel & chubby squirrels - December 25th, 2014

I missed seeing a Hawk in Washington Square Park by 15 minutes today. A nice man (a regular) told me he saw a Red-tailed Hawk in the western trees mere minutes before I had arrived at the park.

I looked for it but didn't find the Hawk. I was underdressed thanks to my misguided thinking that the 52 degree temperature reading would be a warm 52 and not the windy and raw 52 that it really was. I got too cold to look for more than an hour before I had to return home.

However I did see a couple of cute and chubby squirrels on my way out of the park:



Of course, pretty much every squirrel in the park is chubby!

I saw one of the regular Kestrels in my neighborhood when I was a couple of blocks from home:

Kestrel sitting on top of a New York City water tower

Bobby doing well the last few days - December 24th, 2014

Apologies for not updating my blog lately. I've been extra busy with pre-Christmas activities.

Bobby has been seen regularly over the last few days around Washington Square Park. Regular Hawk-watchers have helped keep me up-to-speed on his whereabouts so that I could in turn share the updates with you until I'm back in the park!


Touristy birding break, Bobby and a TSP Hawk - December 19th, 2014


I was tour guide for an out of town guest the last few days. One of the best places we visited was Liberty Island. In all the years I've lived in NYC, I still wasn't prepared for just how massive and impressive the Statue of Liberty was.






Bobby and a juvenile Red-tail had been seen during my days off from birding. Bobby was even spotted perched on a street lamp at Astor Place (a few blocks northeast from the park).

I searched for Bobby in Washington Square Park for close to an hour today but didn't get to see him. I was skeptical I'd see him anyway since I went during a time he isn't usually in the park but it was the only time I could visit unfortunately.

I did however see one of the Tompkins Square Park Red-tailed Hawks on one of their regular perches (the top of Most Holy Redeemer Church on east 3rd Street between Avenues A & B) while running errands:


I think it might have been Christo:


The Hawk flew off of the church after two minutes. That's the way it goes; a mere two minutes could make the difference between seeing a Hawk or not.

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A fellow Hawk-watcher reported seeing a Hawk tucked at the Red Roost Inn this evening.

Bobby's long perch before chasing a Juvenile - December 16th, 2014

Bobby perched on the same branch for at least 3 ½ hours today. A few of us Hawkers watched him for about an hour and a half, had lunch, then returned to find him on the same branch as before. 

He stayed on his branch for another hour and 45 minutes before he saw a Juvenile Red-tail, screamed at it a few times, then chased after it.

He had a full crop so it looked like he had just eaten and was relaxing while he digested his meal. It was probably one of the longest stretches of time I've ever seen him spend on one perch.







The sun started to come out when we returned from lunch:







Bobby flew north out of the park to chase the juvenile.

He returned two minutes later:



He spent three minutes on the cross before then flying to the other side of the park to chase the juvenile again.

The young one flew past Bobst Library and southward out of sight:


Bobby had landed on a lower Silver Center railing:



He walked back and forth along the railing a few times before settling on a north-facing section:




We were cold and tired and had to tear ourselves away from Bobby but I did hear later that he had hopscotched around various perches right before roosting time. 

He landed at the Red Roost Inn for a little while before leaving it to find a roost somewhere else for the evening.