Fledgling zips through the trees! - June 23rd, 2017

A fellow Hawk-watcher saw the fledgling fly into the park trees early this afternoon. Hooray! The last time I saw the fledgling was June 15th which was much too long for me. She was in the western trees when I arrived at Washington Square Park.

Hello!


She was full of energy during most of my visit, zipping around all areas of the western side of the park. She settled down to preen in one tree for half an hour but that was the only time I saw her subdued. I counted 15 trees she perched in for at least a few seconds each.

Some of the more fun pics during my visit:









She dove down and made a squirrel leap for its life (seen jumping to the tree in the lower left):




Butter talons:





Scrunch and spring:




Time for a preen:


A Blue Jay dive-bombed her a few times:












I lost her an hour and 15 minutes after I arrived. All was not lost though because I then saw Bobby circling a block north of the park. He was being dive-bombed by a smaller raptor. He escaped it and landed on the northwest corner of One Fifth:


He soon moved over to the southwest corner:



He dove off after 8 minutes. It was getting a little late and I was turning into a mugsicle (it was extremely muggy out) so I left but happy to have seen the fledgling after long last.

Bobby delivers a pigeon to Sadie - June 22nd, 2017

I saw both Bobby and Sadie circling high above the western side of Washington Square Park a few minutes after I arrived today but didn't get blog-worthy photos I'm afraid. They followed each other for 20 minutes before flying south and then north together. 

I then spent about an hour and a half searching for the fledgling in the park trees and on the western buildings where it was reportedly last seen several days ago. I haven't seen it since June 15th!

I was walking along the east side of Waverly Place (along NYU's Silver Center building) when all of a sudden I saw Bobby fly from one building to a water tower where he snatched a pigeon. He turned around then flew along Waverly to a Two Fifth Avenue balcony:


 

I then saw Sadie fly by him, crying out:



She flew to the northwest corner building. Bobby followed her there:



He joined her on the corner where she took ownership of the pigeon:



 


Bobby:


I created a flight path map to show where Bobby snatched the pigeon, the location of the Two Fifth Avenue balcony, and the NW corner building where Sadie took over:


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I turned my attention back on Sadie in the hopes of seeing her either eat the pigeon or deliver it to the fledgling but she was gone from the roof corner! It was terrible timing. I scanned the buildings for her and the fledgling but never saw where she went.

We'd been so spoiled with up close and near-constant fledgling sightings over the last few years that this year's lack of sightings is especially biting.

Bobby on One Fifth 20 minutes after his delivery:



I was texting a Hawk report to some fellow Hawk-watchers and when I finished and looked back at One Fifth Bobby was gone. It was just as well because I had to leave the park anyway.