Sadie fights a juvenile Hawk, has a perchy day - November 27th, 2016

I spent a couple of hours in Washington Square Park today and saw a lot of Sadie Hawk action.

A fellow Hawk-watcher saw her on her favorite perch a block south of the park earlier this morning.

I first saw Sadie on her favorite southwestern building:

I saw a Peregrine Falcon flying a few buildings north of her but the two raptors didn't interact during my stay.

Pigeon flocks were plenty nervous and gathered on the park arch (safety in numbers I suppose):

Sadie flew off her building 15 minutes later and circled around the area just north of the park. 

I was watching as she flew toward and grabbed onto another bird for a second. I thought she had grabbed a pigeon (the flock had leapt up and started circling too when she was in the air) but I saw that in fact she had fought a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk.

They made contact for only a second. I took a couple of pictures of the juvenile but they turned out awful and weren't blog-worthy I'm afraid. 

The juvie circled a little further north but stayed around for another minute. Sadie then got closer and closer to it until it flew away.

Sadie disappeared so I looked for Bobby Hawk in the trees. I didn't find him but I did see this chatty Yellow-bellied Sapsucker flying from tree to tree:

I've seen Bobby perch on this branch in the past. It's quite popular apparently!

I noticed Sadie was on her regular One Fifth Avenue perch 20 minutes later:

She looked like she was having a relaxing sun bath until she jumped off after 20 minutes:

She landed on a heat vent on a neighboring building:

A second raptor that looked very much like a Cooper's Hawk circled near her building for several seconds before moving on.

Sadie flew northeast then circled back toward the park after her 5 minutes' rest.

Battling a gust:

I found her back around the park 10 minutes later. She went from an east building flag pole to flying fast and low across the park and above the trees. She lowered her legs as if to land or grab prey but she did neither and continued circling and flying:

She then landed on NYU's Silver Center then on NYU's Education building:

A flock of pigeons was eating on one of the lawns near me but would get startled by either a dog running toward them or someone waving their arms at them. The birds were a bit of a spectacle sometimes:

Sadie finally flew north again. I had had a full Hawk visit and figured this would be a good time to leave for the day.

Turkey Day Hawks - November 24th, 2016

I got to see the Washington Square Park Red-tailed Hawks briefly on this Thanksgiving Day.

Bobby was perched on a northwestern building:

Sadie came in for a landing on the southwestern building 15 minutes later:

Bobby then flew south 3 minutes later and Sadie flew out of sight while I went to look for Bobby.

I saw them again 10 minutes later as one of the Hawks flew north and the other flew far east.

It was a brief park visit and brief Hawk sighting but it turned out perfectly.

Bobby Hawk catches two rodents, circles with mama Sadie - November 23rd, 2016

I had a fine visit with the Washington Square Park Red-tailed Hawks today. 

I saw Bobby atop the Judson Memorial Cross as soon as I arrived.

He flew off 15 minutes after I first spotted him:

He landed in one of the eastern trees. A fellow Hawk-watcher was in the park earlier and spotted a Hawk on One Fifth Avenue. I checked and the Hawk was still there. It was Sadie:

Bobby moved from one tree to another before settling down:

Pigeons from the western side of the park flew into a panic for some reason and moved to Bobby's side of the park. A few of the birds were going to land near Bobby but quickly changed their minds when they saw him (he is seated behind the pigeon on the right):

Sadie flew off One Fifth and headed straight to one of the flag poles:

Bobby eventually went into hunting mode and dove toward a rodent:

It only took a few seconds for him to eat it up:

Wiping his beak:

I headed over to to him and noticed Sadie was off her perch. I spotted her circling over the eastern side of the park:


I guess the tiny rodent wasn't enough because Bobby found another one to eat.

He flew so quickly and so close to me I didn't have time to switch camera settings to compensate for his closeness.

Meal in 'hand': 

His meal was so tiny, he was already finished by the time I reached his new tree.

Wiping up again:

He rested for a bit. He was distracted by something in the sky. I thought he was entranced by a hovering news helicopter but it turned out to be a juvenile Red-tail flying around:

The juvie flew around the border of the park and disappeared south over the library.

Bobby flew off and made his way above the park, circling several times:

He landed on a building bordering the southern edge of the park:

Sadie appeared after a few minutes and flew past him:

Bobby followed her and circled the sky with her for a couple minutes. 

You might be able to see a sea gull even higher than the hawks in the photo above.

Sadie disappeared and Bobby flew too high to photograph after a while so I left for the day. 

It shouldn't be long before the Hawks begin gathering twigs for the nest if they haven't started already. Time flies and they'll be prepping for next spring's breeding season before we know it!