WSP visit and surprise Tompkins Square Hawk sighting - July 26th, 2017

Today's weather was gorgeous so it was a pleasure to look for the Washington Square Park Hawks for two hours but it wasn't great to not see them yet again. I'm going to have to switch up my Hawking schedule for better luck.

A fellow Hawk-watcher saw the fledgling last night and another friend showed me recent video footage a friend of his took of the fledgling sitting on a low fence outside the bathrooms.

I checked on King Pigeon's puddle from a couple of days ago and saw it had drained quite a bit:


Starlings were having a drink an hour later:




A bit of greenery hanging tough while it grows on Judson Memorial Church:


It's only appropriate that the capital behind it bears a greenery motif:


I don't recall if I've mentioned this before in my blog but I see at least one of the adult Tompkins Square Park Hawks almost every time I have to be in their territorial range; either when they are on one of their tall apartment building perches or circling the sky a few blocks south of the park.

I saw both of them circling yesterday and also today before my WSP visit which was nice since I haven't seen the WSP Hawks in so long. 

But what was especially nice was spotting one of the TSP Hawks perched high up on some construction after today's Washington Square Park visit (when I still happened to have my camera on me).






King pigeon takes a bath - July 24th, 2017

I visited Washington Square Park to look for the Hawks today now that the recent heat wave has broken. As luck would have it I didn't see a single Hawk, just like during my last visit a couple of days ago.

We had lots of rain yesterday and this morning so one of the patches of lawn developed a bird bath. This patch develops a puddle every time we have such heavy rain. 

A big pigeon took advantage and enjoyed a bath while keeping his eye on me:



Still keeping an eye on me:



Washington Square Hawk updates - July 22nd, 2017

I went to the park for about an hour today but missed seeing Hawks however a fellow Hawk-watcher who showed up a few minutes after I left the park saw the parents deal with a falcon and the fledgling fly around the park fountain. 

Earlier in the week a couple of Hawk-watchers saw the fledgling perch on the Church cross on different days so that was pretty fun news.

It will be cooling down in the city soon which should provide for more extended Hawkery in the coming days.

Fledgling chases a Blue Jay - July 17th, 2017

Scattering pigeons signaled that one of the Washington Square Park Hawks was in the vicinity so I scanned the trees nearest me and spotted the fledgling on a new tree today. Her branch was rather low over one of the park paths:



She studied the plant-filled lawn near her tree but since she had a full crop I doubt she was seeking prey.


Sleepy head:



Yawn:



A Blue Jay started squawking to the east. The fledgling surprised me by flying to the Jay rather than ignore it or fly further from it considering how pesky the Jays are for the Hawks:  





What were park-goers engrossed in rather than a Hawk fly-by? Phone, food, phone, phone, book:

 

Making her way toward the Jay yelling from the left-hand branch:


Right before leaping toward the Jay:


The fledgling eventually flew to another patch of trees away from the Jay:


The Jay followed her to her new tree:


It flew away after a few minutes.

Time for a new tree to relax in:





She settled down so I took the chance to leave for the day.



Fledgling briefly grabs a pigeon - July 15th, 2017

I got to watch the Washington Square fledgling for almost three hours today.

Fellow Hawk-watchers saw her on the park arch and the church cross before and after my visit. One of the adults had brought a pigeon meal to the arch and the fledgling landed there to fetch it. Unfortunately the adult dropped the pigeon and it fell to the walkway below.

Another Hawk-watcher saw her land on the Judson Memorial Church cross before flying around the library. The fledgling is really getting around!

A park-goer was walking her loud Cockatoo around. The fledgling seemed to see it from her tree.


But she was more interested in the pigeons on the path across from her:






Watching a couple of pigeons land then fly away from her:







She didn't leave her tree until nearly two hours after I arrived:


She grabbed a pigeon for a second but lost her grip. A couple of pigeon feathers got stuck in her talons:



She zipped to another tree. Meanwhile some very real human drama was unfolding. One of the NYPD officers and Parks Enforcement Patrol officers that patrol the park were running full-speed in the direction of the arch:




I did not see what call they were responding to and honestly I was a little busy making sure I didn't miss seeing where the fledgling would go next.


She was very active with her pigeon-chasing.

Library in the distance:


Hyper landing:








During the last several minutes an NYPD helicopter was circling very low over the park and was so deafening you could hardly hear one of the jazz bands playing on the path nearby.


The fledgling zipped around the whole time the helicopter was making its rounds.



She finally settled down in this last tree before I left:




It was a few hours later when my Hawk friend saw her land on the cross and fly around the library.