Con Ed Hawk, earlier nest activity - February 28th, 2016

A fellow Hawk-watcher had seen the Washington Square Park Hawks busy with nest activity early this morning so that was good news. 

I only spotted what looked like a Hawk on the Con Edison tower during my visit today.



I was not able to identify what Hawk was on the tower but following past behavior and experience, it may have been Bobby.



More Hawk mating and nest twigging - February 26th, 2016

Bobby and Sadie mated during my Washington Square Park visit today. They perched together, circled together, and Sadie followed Bobby around to different areas a couple of times.

Sadie was the first Hawk I saw. She was perched on One Fifth Avenue:


She had a full crop and looked very restful as she digested in the sun. Her eyes were closing on and off so she may have even been napping on and off:


Bobby appeared and joined her 5 minutes after I had arrived:







It was blustery and very cold and I was really hoping they would do something so I could get moving again. :) They sat together for 25 minutes until Bobby leapt off the perch and circled the building: 


Sadie watched as he headed northeast:


 She followed him:



I didn't see the Hawks return until 5 minutes later.

Sadie:



What I didn't realize at first was that Bobby was already in the nest and that Sadie was visiting him.

Sadie in flight:


Bobby:


He left the nest and soared above the park square:


He disappeared behind the library.

I went looking for him but couldn't find him.

Sadie was back on One Fifth:


Bobby swooped over to her nearly 10 minutes later and mated with her:






They resumed a long sun bath:



Bobby left a half hour later:



He circled northwest of the park for a bit. Sadie jumped off and circled northeast of the park. She disappeared so I went to find Bobby because he dove toward the nest.

He left the nest soon after I got closer:














I left the park with Bobby seated on One Fifth:


It was an action-packed and couple of hours and I was glad to see mating two days in a row.

Bobby and Sadie mate! February 25th, 2016

Today was the day I've been waiting for; to catch Bobby and Sadie in the act. All signs were pointing to a typical spring what with their ramped up nest fortification and sticking closer to the park more often. But seeing them mate today was the clincher and hopefully all will go well this brooding season.

A fellow Hawk-watcher was the first to see both Hawks sitting together today:


Bobby on the left:


He left after 15 minutes.

Sadie left the building herself a half hour later:


I saw her fly toward the nest. She then left the nest and traveled north. Bobby was in the nest though:


Bobby flew north as well and they both circled around the Cardozo Law School about 7 blocks north of the park.

They both perched and the mating commenced:


He had been carrying a plastic bag with him (you can see it clutched in his left talons) below.


He let go of it when he mounted Sadie. The Hawks like to use plastic bags for soft nest material. I wonder where he usually gets his bags. Do they wind up on rooftops? Does he find them in garbage cans or stuck in trees?





Bobby and Sadie did some more circling and soaring.

Bobby then raced to the park trees:













Sadie soon joined him in the nest:

Sadie:





Bobby incorporated the new twig into the nest frame:


Both Hawks flew north again. It was so cold and blustery and the sky was darkening and it began to sprinkle so I made my way out of the park.

I spotted who I at first thought was Sadie land behind the library but it turned out to be Bobby:



As soon as he took off and disappeared I left for keeps.