A welcome sight on my way to Washington Square Park, one of the Tompkins Square Park Hawks on a regular perch:
I spotted Bobby turning a corner and heading to a favorite pigeon-hunting spot when I was a couple of blocks from the park:
The building he had turned behind (pigeons scurrying):
I looked for him for a few minutes but couldn't find him so I walked to the park and saw Sadie was in the nest:
Apparently I was in the park when two eggs were said to have hatched (as per a friend who relayed NYU's news to me).
At one point Sadie got up and turned to gaze into the nest bowl:
Looking at her babes?
She left the nest for 3 minutes:
She circled above the eastern side of the park. She was not hunting.
Flying toward the library nest:
Above the library:
She settled back onto her brood:
Bobby reappeared, soaring over the eastern part of the park.
He landed on his One Fifth Avenue perch a few minutes after I saw him back in the park:
Looking over his territory and nest:
I watched as he dove off his perch 10 minutes later. I could not tell if he went to the nest due to my location at the time but he did fly low in front of the nest. I then saw Sadie fly from the direction of the library a few seconds later so there might have been a nest switch at that time. She circled above Silver and beyond:
I watched her fly a couple of blocks east of the park then return to the park grounds. It was at that point that I had to leave for the day.