Bobby, Sadie, and a visiting Cooper's Hawk - October 31st, 2015

A fellow Hawk-watcher saw both Sadie and Bobby sitting atop their own flagpole a few minutes before I arrived at Washington Square Park this morning. They had disappeared by the time I got there.

Looking south toward the park with One World Trade in the background:


The Silver Center is the short building on the left (with the American flag) and Bobst Library is the shorter reddish building in the center.

One of the Hawks eventually showed up again:


I figured out later that it was Sadie on the flag pole.

Bobby appeared, circling in the distance.

He eventually flew past Sadie and continued southwestward:



Sadie left her perch half an hour later and flew right to one of her favorite building perches:



A Blue Jay was going crazy in a tree near me. A regular park-goer pointed a raptor out to me. It turned out to be a Cooper's Hawk!


The Blue Jay dive-bombed it a few times.




Cooper's Hawks often visit the park in autumn and winter.

The Jay bumped the Hawk one last time, making the Hawk yell out crankily. It then flew deeper into the trees, not to be seen again. Sadie was gone from her building as well.

I walked around the park and saw several new rat traps with the label "NO RODENTICIDE TRAP ONLY":




A Thrush jumped around on one for a second:




All in all it was a pretty satisfying two-hour outing.

Bobby visits the nest, circles with Sadie - October 29th, 2015

I set out a little late to Washington Square Park today but managed to catch up with the Red-tailed Hawks before they had their typical break from the area.

 Sadie was perched on a regular perch a block south of the park:



I left her to look for Bobby. A fellow Hawk-watcher had seen him in the western trees earlier.

Fall foliage still looking lovely:


I couldn't find Bobby in the trees.

I caught up with him several minutes later at the eastern side of the park. He flew from NYU's Silver Center, over the buildings I was standing under, then perched at NYU's Shimkin Hall:


He took off after a few seconds:


I rushed over to see where he had gone but the trees blocked my view. I then saw a Hawk leave the nest and land on a westward building:



It turned out to be Bobby. He had only been in the nest for a few seconds.

He then flew toward the park square 4 minutes after landing on his building.

I spotted a Hawk flying over the square:


It was Sadie:


The two Hawks are somewhat easy to distinguish from each other right now because Bobby has a feather gap in the middle of his left wing and Sadie has a gap in the middle of her right wing.

She circled several times then flew northward (you can see the Empire State Building's spire to the left of the arch):


She circled a few times in the distance but then I lost her.

Since it was a nice day I spent some time enjoying the other sights. It was a very rainy and windy day yesterday and the trees lost a lot of leaves.

This tree had still been quite lush on the 26th but not anymore:


A Mourning Dove was walking around many fallen tree berries:


It was while I was watching the Mourning Dove that I happened to spot Bobby and Sadie circling just north of the park.

Sadie:


They circled a few more times before disappearing northwestward.

Easy Washington Square Park Hawk spotting - October 26th, 2015

The Washington Square Park Red-tailed Hawks were awfully easy to find today.

They were circling in the sky ahead of me as I approached the park.

Who I believe was Sadie:


Flying south past Bobst Library:


Sadie and Bobby circled together for a couple of seconds a block south of the park before separating.

Bobby:



I tried to follow Bobby as he headed to the park but I soon lost him.

There were some other good birds to see though.

Yellow-rumped Warbler:




Cute little fellah:


A Thrush stood still for an awfully long time:



The fall foliage was gorgeous today:




It turns out this is my 1,111th post! :)

Hawk love tussle? October 23rd, 2015

I watched as Bobby soared and circled with another adult Red-tailed Hawk above Washington Square Park today.

I am pretty sure the other Hawk was Sadie but I did not get a good enough look at the Hawk's markings to know for sure.

Circling by NYU's Silver Center:






They had a close fly-by before Bobby moved on toward One Fifth Avenue:




Was the Hawks' behavior a love tussle or a real fight between Bobby and another Hawk? I've seen Bobby and Rosie behave similarly in the past so I was not too concerned about today's display.

Both Hawks disappeared so I headed out of the park for the day.

The President's office is undergoing a renovation, perhaps in advance of the arrival of new President Andrew Hamilton, whose tenure begins in January.