Bobby hangs out in the trees, guards his domain - August 28th, 2015

I didn't see either Washington Square Park Red-tailed Hawk when I visited on Wednesday but a fellow Hawk-watcher did see both of them yesterday.

I got a real treat today because I got to see Bobby relaxing in the trees when I arrived today:

A friend had seen him several minutes before I arrived so I was glad to have caught him.

A couple of Blue Jays dive-bombed him. One sat next to him at one point:

Bobby carried on relaxing and preening:


Something caught his eye half an hour after I spotted him.

I didn't want to risk losing him should he fly away so I stayed where I was instead of looking to see what he was concerned about.

He screamed a couple of times then took off through the trees:

He circled the park square then landed on one of the NYU Silver Center flag poles:

There was quite the little menagerie in the park:


Bobby flew off the pole after ten minutes and headed south:

I looked for him but didn't spot him again but I was happy to see him doing well. It'd been so long since I'd seen him, not since August 8th!

Bobby and Sadie have been seen regularly lately - August 24th, 2015

I didn't see either Hawk when I visited Washington Square Park on Saturday but fellow Hawk-watchers saw Bobby and Sadie Sunday and today for good stretches of time. 

Current state of the WSP Hawk nest - August 21st, 2015

The Red-tailed Hawks of Washington Square Park haven't been seen much by my fellow Hawk-watchers over the last week except for brief sightings Monday and Wednesday mornings.

One of the Hawks was confirmed seen sitting at the Cardozo Law School this morning as well.

I searched throughout the park for an hour today but did not see either Bobby or Sadie but I did check on the nest. It's looking quite well:

It looks very much like the Hawks have been fortifying and neatening up the structure of the nest.

Hawk update and Snacky Sparrows - August 16th, 2015

A fellow Hawk-watcher briefly saw both adult Washington Square Park Red-tailed Hawks in the park yesterday, Saturday, so that was good news.

Below are some photos I took of some snacking Sparrows from when I was in the park on the 13th:

Sadie catches a pigeon - August 13th, 2015

I caught a lucky break and got to see Sadie right before and after she caught a pigeon a block south from Washington Square Park today.

I first saw her sitting on a regular perch behind the Bobst Library (where the nest is located):

She flew off her perch and swooped behind her.

I looked from every possible angle but didn't see where she went.

I found her 7 minutes later, sitting further east on the same building complex, pigeon in talons:

I lost her again when she tucked low onto the roof to eat the pigeon. I only saw her for a total of five minutes today but it was great to see her doing well.

A fellow Hawk-watcher saw both her and Bobby earlier this morning.

Brief and Hawkless park visit - August 10th, 2015

My better half and I went looking for the Washington Square Park Red-tailed Hawks today but didn't see them.

We weren't able to stay in the park for long so the Hawks may have been around later in the day.

Now that this year's brooding season is over, they may take more extended breaks from the park grounds. This is behavior we've observed each year so today's lack of sightings wasn't completely unexpected.

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk necropsy results - August 9th, 2015

Urban Parks Ranger Rob Mastrianni provided me with an update on the dead juvenile Red-tailed Hawk recently found on 4th Avenue and 9th Street.

The juvenile had died from blunt force trauma, likely from a collision.

There is no doubt in my mind that the juvenile had crashed into the new 13 story glass-covered office tower at 51 Astor Place.

Image of the building, courtesy of the 51 Astor Place website:

The fledgling lay dead in front of Chris French Cleaners, the business on the next block.  Rob told me that the fledgling's crop was split open and bloody, indicating the Hawk flew directly into whatever killed it.

Below is a screen shot of a Google Maps view of the cleaners on the left and the 51 Astor Place building on the right:

As you can see, the glass tower reflects the sky perfectly, rendering the windows practically invisible until too late.

As I wrote above, I have no doubt in my mind that the fledgling struck the building and then was either killed instantly or tried to fly on but died and dropped to the sidewalk.

Sunbathy, resty Washington Square Park Red-tails - August 8th, 2015

Today's Washington Square Park visit lasted about 2 ½ hours. In that time we watched Sadie relax on one building for roughly an hour and a half and Bobby move about from perch to perch before settling onto NYU's Education Building.


 Looking awfully sleepy:

One of our group spotted Bobby flying low along the tree line and then landing on Judson Memorial Church construction scaffolding:

Bobby seemed to pick at his talons a few times so he might have just eaten.

Acrobatic balancing:

Bobby perched on the southwestern side of the church tower:

 Luckily for us, he circled right over our heads a few times:

He has distinguishing molt patterns now so he should be pretty easy to identify in flight:

He flew directly to NYU's Education Building and rested there until we left (25 minutes later):