Bobby defends his turf, no sightings of the female Hawk - January 14th, 2015

A fellow Hawk-watcher spent most of the day in and around Washington Square Park in the hopes of spotting the female Red-tailed Hawk that was released in the park yesterday and to see if she was getting along with Bobby. I was in the park for two hours. 

Between the two of us I think we missed maybe three hours of daylight and neither of us saw the female Red-tail. I'm not saying she wasn't around but we weren't fortunate to see her if she was.

We did see Bobby, a Cooper's Hawk flying around the southern area of the park, and a Peregrine Falcon getting into three fights with Bobby over the course of my two hour visit.

Bobby was on the One Fifth Avenue building when I arrived:


He flew southwest then back to the building after five minutes:

Bobby Washington Square Park Red-tailed Hawk flying



A Red-bellied Woodpecker was in a tree near me at one point:

Red-bellied Woodpecker about to jump off branch



Bobby in one of his fights with a Peregrine Falcon:


Bobby screamed at the Falcon a few times:


Landing on Two Fifth Avenue:




The Falcon reappeared:



Bobby zoomed after it and got into another fight:



Red-tailed Hawk and Peregrine Falcon fighting in mid-air

They flew around the park together for a couple of minutes (with the Falcon dive-bombing Bobby) before the Falcon flew southward and out of the park again.

Bobby then perched on NYU's Education Building along the eastern side of the park:





I didn't realize it at first but Bobby had a perfect view of the Peregrine Falcon who was now perched a block south of the park:


They watched each other for fourteen minutes until the Falcon flew to Bobby and fought him again.

It was all over in a few seconds. Bobby returned to One Fifth Avenue:


My parting shot:


A fellow Hawk-watcher reported seeing Bobby hunting then in his evening roost (the Red Roost Inn) in the early evening.