Bobby visits the nest and catches a rodent - November 17th, 2017

Today was packed with more action than I could summarize in today's post title. I first saw Bobby perched a block south of the park:


A kestrel dive-bombed him several times:




He dove off his perch 3 minutes later and headed right to the park. 

I saw Sadie on One Fifth as I entered the park:


I found Bobby in his favorite tree of late 10 minutes later:



I could watch Sadie on the apartment tower while I watched Bobby in his tree.


The squirrel on the right was repeating its Hawk warning cry. The signal sounds like a rusty hinged door opening and closing.


 The squirrel had its eye on Bobby:



He moved to a lower perch in the neighboring tree 10 minutes later. He preened, rested, and scanned the lawn underneath for prey:




He left his new tree after another 50 minutes. He seems to perch for around 50 minutes in one spot quite regularly now that I think about it.

He swooped out of the trees and circled the park square and eastern side of the park for a few minutes:


Pigeons on the right, Bobby on the left, and a squirrel eating in the crook of the tree on the far left:



 Sadie had relocated to her southwestern building perch as Bobby was flying:


She left her perch and circled the sky with Bobby.

He flew into the nest:




Sadie returned to One Fifth:



Bobby spent most of his 6 minute visit on the nest's window ledge. He leapt off and flew directly into the trees again (One World Trade in the background):




After 45 minutes he dove past and landed on a dime on the grass on the other side of the fence from everyone:


He stopped too quickly for me to aim a proper shot of him. By the time I locked on him he was up and flying with his rodent: 



Sadie clearly saw Bobby's antics because she rushed over and circled above his tree several times, screaming.

Bobby would look up at her from time to time:





It wasn't long before Sadie shocked me by diving into the branches of the Hangman's Elm:


She watched Bobby eat:


Bobby finished eating and wiping up in 5 minutes. He turned around to Sadie's direction, hopped off his branch, and flew out of the park:


Sadie immediately followed him.

She soon returned to the park and landed on her southwest perch again:


I watched her for a few minutes then I left for the day:


Cooper's Hawk visits the park trees under Sadie's watch - November 15th, 2017

Sadie Hawk was on her southwestern corner building when I arrived at Washington Square Park today:



She had a nice sunny spot and was relaxed enough so I left her after around 15 minutes and walked around the rest of the park to look for Bobby. I checked the ConEd tower north of the park but didn't see him there. 

 A Yellow-bellied sapsucker woodpecker was digging into a little tree:

 
A Red-bellied Woodpecker was in a neighboring tree:


I wasn't finding Bobby so I returned to Sadie:


She noticed something in the distance and leapt off her perch and headed south of the park:


She had been on her building for a little over an hour.

I looked for her and couldn't find her so I headed back to the park. I saw one of the Hawks on the northwestern building perch so I rushed over:


It was Sadie!


Over the next hour and a half she went from the northwestern to the southwestern then northwestern building again.


I was leaving the park and was halfway down the block when I heard Blue Jays causing a big commotion in the trees. I found the source of their distress: A very hyper Cooper's Hawk!




It dove into the flock that hangs out on or near the park arch. Panicked pigeons:


The Cooper's Hawk made a few lunges at them but might have moved on because I didn't see it again or hear Jays give out more warning cries.

The pigeons didn't look convinced though and sat close together on the arch:


I was a little surprised Sadie didn't chase the little Hawk away. She must have seen it as it dove into the pigeon pack right under her nose.

It was good that I stayed that extra time in the park because I checked the ConEd tower again and saw who I'll assume was Bobby:



I watched Sadie some more before leaving for the day: