Bobby sunning then defending his turf - January 30th, 2015

Bobby was resty for the majority of my Washington Square Park visit today.

I first saw him atop One Fifth Avenue:

He often suns for a long stretch before sunset:

He flew down to the western part of the park after 40 minutes:

We lost him for 5 minutes until he showed up circling above the park then landing on a building along the southwestern corner of the park:

He spotted something in the distance and moved toward it 2 minutes later:

He screamed several times as he flew toward whatever was distressing him:

He circled above whatever he didn't like for a bit and then landed on One Fifth Avenue again:

We didn't see what he was yelling at but the only times we've heard him carry on like that was when he was confronting another raptor.

We only watched Bobby for another half hour because it was clear that he had resumed his rest mode and it was getting too cold outside for us to carry on comfortably.

However he was seen at the Red Roost Inn later.

Bobby doing well after our latest snow storm - January 28th, 2015

It had been a week since I last visited Washington Square Park to check in on sir Bobby Hawk. It was great to see him again and to see he was doing well after the recent snow storm we had.

He flew by me and attacked a flock of pigeons on a building cornice (without catching one) then flew right into his Bobst Library nest:

He only visited the nest for a few seconds before he flew back out and circled above the eastern side of the park:

He then perched atop One Fifth Avenue:

I couldn't stay for more than an hour today but took a photo of the nest before leaving. 

It still had some snow in it but it held up remarkably well after the blizzard-like gusts we had a couple of nights ago:

Bobby's relaxation before bedtime - January 21st, 2015

I spotted Bobby on one of his favorite building perches as soon as I rounded the corner a few blocks from the park.

The Bobst Library is on the left, then the Judson Memorial Church tower, then Bobby atop his building:

He flew off his perch after 15 minutes, heading southwest toward 6th Avenue. I looked along 6th for him but didn't find him so I returned to the park.

We were treated to a lovely sunset that glowed on 5th Avenue.

View of 5th through the park arch:

Sometimes I forget just how much traffic rolls down 5th Avenue toward the park: 

I was talking with a fellow Hawk-watcher when I saw Bobby's huge shape glide along the western trees and come to a stop at the Hangman's Elm at the northwestern corner of the park:

He had been gone for almost a full hour.

A squirrel challenged him at one point but Bobby wasn't tolerating it:

He then flew to bed after having perched in the tree for a little less than an hour:

Video of Bobby and the juvenile Red-tailed Hawk from 01-16-15

Here are a few seconds of footage I took of the young Red-tailed Hawk and Bobby in Washington Square Park on January 16th, 2015.

Bobby would take breaks from trying to drive the juvenile Hawk out of the park.

It is not very loud but you can hear the little Hawk chirping to Bobby in between their skirmishes.

If your internet connection allows, try to watch the video in the HD setting.

Mighty fights between Bobby and a Juvenile Hawk - January 16th, 2015

When I first arrived at Washington Square Park today I saw a Hawk in one of Bobby's favorite trees:

I thought, 'Oh good! Bobby's here' but when I got closer I realized it was a juvenile Red-tail:

It flew from tree to tree with lots of zeal. I hadn't seen a youngster so active in a while so I had a hard time keeping up with it at first.

It flew from the western side of the park to the eastern side.


A fellow Hawk-watcher joined me and we watched the juvenile for a bit when all of a sudden we heard Bobby screaming overhead. He was en route to One Fifth Avenue. It was pretty clear to us that he had seen the juvenile and was yelling about it.

He perched on One Fifth but looked down right at the juvenile in the tree below him:

Bobby screamed and descended into the trees and headed right toward the little Hawk:

The youngster started crying and chirping:

Bobby then flew at it in attack mode:

Bobby would sit still for a minute or two before attacking again:

A squirrel came over and watched the two for a while:

Bobby got right into the youngster's face and stared at it:

Bobby then flew out of the park and into a tree outside the northern border, leaving the young Hawk in its tree.

Gusts of wind made the Hawk cling to the branch:


Bobby returned after a minute.

Bobby on the left, the youngster on the right:

Bobby approached again, getting even closer in its face:

He chased it out of the trees:

He and the juvenile soared and circled in the sky screaming at each other. Bobby was doing all the chasing.


A Peregrine Falcon appeared from the southeast and joined in the fight, dive-bombing one of the Hawks:


Bobby chased the juvenile northeast and out of the park.

Victorious, he then went back to One Fifth: 

He eventually drifted down to the trees where he usually hunts rats but then went right to bed at sunset:

All told, the Hawk fights in the trees happened over the course of 20 minutes. The sky drama lasted only 3 minutes before the juvenile left.


I couldn't be in the park yesterday but a friend who did spent lots of time there yesterday and today and saw no sign of the female that was released in the park on Tuesday.