The youngest hatchling has apparently died - April 25th, 2017

5:45PM: I was watching the live Hawk cam earlier this morning and noticed there was only movement from the oldest hatchling. At first I couldn't see the younger hatchling at all. The oldest one was active and I couldn't see whether it was obstructing the view of the youngest one or what. 

I noticed last night that the younger one wasn't looking so well (missing throat feathers, not eating much) and I hoped it'd feel better today.

I watched the cam on and off all day today and did see a partial view of the youngest hatchling but it indeed appeared lifeless.

And it seems the third egg is a dud so it is looking like we will have a repeat of last year: Three eggs but only one offspring. Last year there were three eggs but only one hatch.

Sadie on a nest break, Bobby has a drink - April 24th, 2017

There was a lot of nice Hawk action during my Washington Square Park visit today. I was only there for about an hour and a half but it was pretty much non-stop action. 

The first Hawk I saw was Bobby as he sat on the Hawks' favorite southwestern corner building overlooking the park:

He eventually flew into the nest:

Sadie flew past where I was standing and landed on a northwestern corner building:

She sat for a few minutes before circling above the western side of the park then moving north:

She returned to the nest with a fresh plant bough in her beak. I have a feeling she got it from an apartment building terrace because she definitely did not get it from a park tree:

Bobby hopped to the edge of the nest then flew to an eastern building diagonally from the nest:

I saw him dip down to the building but couldn't find him for several minutes. It was driving me bonkers because I could swear I saw him land on that building but couldn't see where. I then saw him poke his head up from the gutter. He was drinking rain water:

It is the same ledge Pip walked along several times during the summer of 2011.

Bobby flew to a tree across from the nest and tugged at a few twigs but never snapped one off:

He preened and generally relaxed in the tree for 25 for minutes. He was even joined by a few birds at one point.

He next flew to the Judson Memorial Church cross:

He then circled higher and higher above the park before flying northeast. I lost where he went. He didn't reappear after several minutes so I left for the day.

Both Washington Square Park Hawk hatchlings get a meal [video] - April 19th, 2017

The video below is a compilation of Hawk cam footage from before and after my visit to Washington Square Park today.

In the video you see Bobby bring a huge rat to the nest for his family. Mama Sadie feeds the two hatchlings a few times over the course of the video.

Bobby attends to his growing family - April 19th, 2017

I spent an hour and a half in Washington Square Park today watching Bobby visit the nest a couple of times and generally hanging out on multiple perches. I hadn't been to the park in several days (not since the first of the two baby Hawks hatched) so it was especially lovely to watch him attend to his growing family.

Second Washington Square Hawk egg has hatched [video] - April 19th, 2017

We have a second hatch! I watched at 7:50AM as Sadie cleaned off half of a shell and tucked the new hatchling underneath her with the first babe:

First feedings for the Washington Square Park hatchling [video] - April 17th, 2017

The Washington Square Park hatchling had its first feedings this morning.

I first captured feeding footage from the hawk nest cam around 6:30 this morning.

In the video you see mom and dad puff themselves up to make themselves appear larger to whoever was watching the nest from inside the office, and generally attend to the babe. The footage is a compilation of snippets over the course of several hours today.

Mom did all the feeding in the footage while dad caught the pigeons and stood guard at times.

Footage of the new hatchling's first day [video] - April 16th, 2017

I took some footage from the Hawk Cam live stream of the first hatchling's day. It's best to watch the video in the HD setting. Enjoy!

Egg is beginning to hatch - April 16th, 2017

9:30AM. Happy Easter! At 9:14AM this morning Bobby visited the nest. Sadie got up and they both stood and looked at the eggs:

They reminded me of this moment when Bobby and Rosie both looked upon their first egg hatching of 2013:


Bobby moved a little bit and I could see a hole forming in the egg:

There was obvious movement inside the egg and the hole got bigger as the baby was pipping at the shell.

Sadie then sat down on the eggs a couple of minutes later and Bobby flew away.

Raptor fest: Bobby, Cooper's Hawk, juvie Red-tail - April 13th, 2017

Today was chock full of raptor activity in Washington Square Park. I spent an hour and a half following Bobby and other raptors around.

I spotted Bobby on One Fifth Avenue as soon as I arrived:

The park is coming up daffodils:

Cooper's Hawk flying from east to west along 3rd Street (one block south of the park):

Springtime buds with the nest in the background:

A juvenile Red-tailed Hawk circled above 3rd Street later on then zoomed in the direction of the park but I lost him:

Bobby just come in to a landing at One Fifth again:

He flew away, disappeared, then brought new paper to the nest.

How I came to photograph his nest landing was fun. I was facing the opposite direction of the nest and was about to text an update to a Hawking friend when all of a sudden there was a loud shriek of bird cries, silence, a shadow over my shoulder, turn, Hawk going into nest!, camera up, click click click:

That was close! 

Bobby exited the nest 3 minutes later:

He then flew about, circled higher and higher, then disappeared on me again.

Above the library (nest in the left-hand window):

Another One Fifth landing:

Looking over his domain:

 Preening in the sun:


I had some delightful camera-less Hawk sightings over the last week. Last Saturday my better half and I were relaxing in the East Village's "Miracle Garden" for a bit. I first saw a big shadow on the buildings across the street then looked up to see one of the Tompkins Square Park Hawks silently soar toward its park. It was fun to have that unexpected and brief sighting.

On Tuesday morning I had to be in the Upper West Side of Manhattan and saw a Red-tail circling overhead as soon as I exited the 81st Street subway station. It circled for a minute then tucked into a dive and landed in one of the Central Park trees across the street. 

I then saw that it had landed on the same branch as another Red-tailed Hawk who was eating. The first Hawk left that Hawk to hopscotch to a couple of branches in another tree then disappear over the park. I had to rush to my errand so I left while the other Hawk continued eating.