Hawk baby gets doted on, steamy weather has commenced - May 27th, 2016

It's gotten hot and steamy the last few days in NYC. The Washington Square Park Hawk family are sticking close together. Sadie and Bobby visit the Hawk baby fairly regularly. 

Sadie was atop NYU's Silver Center water tower when I arrived at the park today. She was looking right toward the nest:

Bobby was nowhere to be seen at first. He appeared on Silver in the minute it took me to walk to the other side of the park:

Sadie on the water tower above him:

I brought another camera with me to take a wider shot of the park. I know the photo below is pretty awful but you can see the distance between the Silver Center building and the nest building (the red stone building on the right):

A puddle on the lawn provided for a nice watering hole:

Bobby flew south out of the park then returned and entered the nest. I think he might have brought some food bits:

He left the nest then perched on a different section of Silver.

Sadie then flew to the nest after a few minutes:

The two spent several minutes picking at food in front of the window.

Picking at mama:

Watching a contented rustle:

My turn!

Another gentle pick:

The baby's wings have a way to go before their maiden flight:

Bobby circled above the northern side of the park before flying southwest. Mom and baby watched his flying.

It was getting steamy and the baby looked like it was panting:

Sadie picked up the food remnant and left the ledge after nearly an hour of hanging out with the babe:

She brought it to a favorite building a block southwest from the park:

It's been a regular perch spot for her for ages. She took a break from perching there when incubating the nest but has taken back to perching there now that the baby is bigger.

Double post! Hawk photos from May 21st & May 23rd - 2016

I was entertaining out of town guests this weekend so here is a combo post of photos from Saturday's and today's Washington Square Park Hawk outings.

It was a cloudy and rainy day on Saturday but all the Hawks were doing well.

Sadie was at the nest the whole time of my visit, sticking close to the baby. You can just make out the black wing tips to the right of mom in the photo below:

Bobby was nearby, on a lower Silver Center railing: 

It began to rain lightly. The baby stood up after a while:

Bobby spent the shower time washing himself:

It started to rain harder so I and my companions left for the day.


Today's sightings were more dramatic. Sadie was circling above the western side of the park when I arrived.

She soon landed on one of the decorative urns atop a building along the park:

She couldn't stay long though because a Blue Jay was in hot pursuit:

She flew to the flag pole closest to the nest:

She then made her way to One Fifth Avenue a few minutes later:

She settled in and preened in the sunshine:

I didn't see Bobby and the baby was not visible at the time but a fellow Hawk-watcher watched the baby sun itself mid-ledge earlier in the day.

Flappy baby - May 18th, 2016

Today was the first time I got to see the Washington Square Park Hawk baby flap its developing wings.

Sadie was the only adult Hawk I saw during my hour long visit. She was pretty resty at first. She then did a lot of circling, flew north, then returned to the park to perch about.

The little Hawk soon sat down into the nest bowl to rest.

Sadie got harassed by a Mockingbird pair while on her favorite southwestern building:

Adult Hawks fly together, Sadie pals with the baby - May 16th, 2016

Both adult Washington Square Hawks made multiple nest visits today. There was a fascinating moment when they flew close together before perching separately. The baby Hawk got up from the nest bowl for a couple of minutes to have a stretch and hang out with mom. 

There were no adult Hawks in sight when I arrived at the park so I went to the western trees to look for either one there.

I found Bobby hanging out above a pigeon flock:

He relaxed for 25 minutes before going to a new tree:


He was off again after 2 minutes:


He and Sadie then circled the sky above the square together. They flew together right before descending to separate perches. Sadie flew to one of the Education Building antennas and Bobby flew toward the trees.

Bobby then went to the nest. Sadie flew in not long afterward: 

Peering into the nest:

Bobby left and flew south:

The baby stretched its wings and stood up:

Sadie stayed at the nest for 4 minutes before flying about the eastern side of the park.

A fellow Hawk-watcher and I went looking for her. We noticed she was back in the nest after a few minutes:

Back out:

A female American Redstart was flitting from branch to branch before I left the park for the day: