'Witching hour' Hawk spot - January 31st, 2016

I found Sadie sitting on a regular 3rd Street perch, right behind Bobst Library:



She had a nice full crop:


She stretched and walked across the heat vent cover:



I should have known she was walking to the edge in order to fly off her perch. I just missed her leap:



I lost her after she circled east over Broadway.

I meandered around Washington Square Park to look for her and Bobby but didn't find them.

Since I was visiting during the 'witching hour', when the Hawks leave the grounds for the afternoon, I went northeast to look for them since that's where I've seen Bobby hang out (usually on the Con Ed tower).

I found Sadie first, perched on a chimney heat vent along Broadway and about 13th Street:


Grace Church in the foreground (Sadie in the background):


All of a sudden Bobby appeared, circling overhead.

There is a pigeon flock at Grace Church so he might have been hunting them, I'm not sure.

Passing over a building:


Bobby:


Sadie joined him. They circled for a couple of minutes together.

Sadie:




Thanks to their flying overhead, I was able to get good shots which will help me distinguish them from each other from a distance. They are missing feathers in different places so identifying them should be easier the next several days. 

Bobby:


Sadie:



I think I heard one of them call out to the other in a short exclamation. They then separated. Sadie flew toward the park and Bobby flew south:


I returned to the park but didn't find either of them. That was fine though since I got to see some good action and discovered where Sadie hangs out northeast from the park.

Little Hawk perch tour - January 27th, 2016

A fellow Hawk-watcher saw one of the Washington Square Park Hawks early this morning. It was probably Sadie because of where she was perched.

I was not so lucky during my outing today and wound up Hawkless.

It was warmer and sunnier today so the snowmen are melting:



I looked for the Hawks northeast of the park. I didn't find them but I did take pictures of some of their perches from different vantage points for you.

Looking north to the Con Edison building:


 
The back of the building where one of the Hawks tried perching the other day

 


One Fifth Avenue as seen from a few blocks east:


Looking south toward Bobst Library (the red stone building). The nest is at the second window from the right:


Post-blizzard Hawking - January 24th, 2016

The city got a lot of snow from yesterday's blizzard but the skies were bright blue this morning. I headed out the first chance I got to check on the Washington Square Park Hawks.

A fellow Hawk-watcher had seen both Bobby and Sadie circling a couple of blocks east of the park and perching together on One Fifth Avenue earlier in the morning.

The park was full of people having fun in the snow. It was a gorgeous day!


The blue tarp that had been wrapped around the Hawks' favorite southwestern building was gone so I took a shot of the building:


Little did I know at the time that a Hawk was sitting on the construction pulley. I had been fooled into thinking that that pulley was a Hawk so many times in the past, I had trained myself to not even bother looking at it. I learned my lesson today.



Mysterious baking tray that had gotten snowed in:


The snow was awfully high in most places:


It looked like a lot of the filth from the nest and wall got washed out:


I didn't notice a Hawk until a half hour after I had arrived. It was circling above Fifth Avenue, right next to the One Fifth Ave building (the Empire State Building's spire in the background):


Two Hawks!


One appeared to be toting food:


They flew north together. I saw them flying around 12th Street but I lost them by the time I walked to where I last saw them.

 Looking south toward the park and arch, pretty high snow banks:


A Turkey Vulture traveled southward:





The nest held tough against the blizzard gusts and snow:



I left the park after it seemed obvious I wasn't going to see the Hawks again any time soon.




Some of the side streets had still not been plowed. This photo was taken in the Lower East Side around 2:00PM:

Sadie and Bobby force a juvenile Hawk from the park - January 22nd, 2016

Sadie was the fierce protector of her and Bobby's Washington Square Park territory today. She was the first Hawk I saw:



She had flown to a regular perch a block south of the park but I didn't know it at the time.

I went looking for her at 6th Avenue (a block west of the park) but only found a well-fed Peregrine Falcon perched atop the church at Father Demo Square:



I noticed Bobby atop the antenna below after I returned to the park.

I didn't notice at the time but Sadie was sitting there as well, hidden by a post:



Sadie flew from her perch and over the park:


She flew over the park several times, flying aggressively.


She is seen flying across the left side of the green triangle below:



Bobby still on the dish:


Sadie almost landed on One Fifth Ave but decided against it:



She then engaged with a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, soaring and circling several times. Bobby rushed over to the scene and assisted Sadie.



This was the only semi-decent photo I could get of the juvenile:


The juvenile eventually flew southeast and away from the park.

One of the adult Hawks landed on some antennas a couple of blocks east of the park:





You could barely see the top of its head:




I had to leave at that point. I checked and saw one of the Tompkins Square Park Hawks on its Village View perch down 4th Street (the same street the Washington Square nest is located at):