Hawk mating and sunning beauties - February 26th, 2017

I spent an hour with the Washington Square Park Red-tailed Hawks today. Sadie was the first Hawk I saw. She was sitting atop One Fifth Avenue (as usual!):

I had brought another camera with me so I could photograph this view from a different perspective. My telephoto lens doesn't allow for wide-angled shots. Here's a different perspective of how One Fifth Avenue looks while standing in the park:

And another view when standing further back:


 Sadie was peacefully sitting on her perch:

It was lucky for me because I had just arrived at the park, took a couple of snaps of her, then saw Bobby swoop in from the northeast and land right next to her:

He hopped up and landed on her back then mated with her:

The mating lasted seconds. The Hawks then rested and had a nice sun bath:

Sadie's eyes closed:

Bobby moved down the ledge a half hour later:

Sadie walked over to him after a few minutes and cuddled up next to him:

I had to go so I left the two lovebirds:

A different view of the Bobst Library and nest. The nest is in the second window ledge from the right:

I checked on the NYU Hawk Nest cam later in the day and saw Sadie in the nest (along with last year's dud egg). The plastic that had been lining the nest bowl was now out of place and flapping about in the breeze: 

NYU Hawk cam screen shots - February 24th, 2017

The new NYU Hawk cam has been excellent. The images are sharp and the different camera angles enhance the viewing experience.

I've taken a few screen shots over the last couple of weeks that I thought might be nice for the blog.

Snow shot from a snow storm of two weeks ago:

Sadie appearing to look at one of the cameras on February 18th:


And she's off!

Bobby has joined Sadie at the ledge several times to help fortify the nest and roll the dud egg about (even sitting on it a few times as though to incubate it).

Hawk nest fortification, Sadie flies with a pigeon kill - February 20th, 2017

I spent an hour with the Washington Square Park Red-tailed Hawks today. Sadie was in the nest most of the time, fortifying the nest:

Bobby visited near her most of the time, looking over her:

He moved to one of his high flag pole perches:

Bobby dove off his perch and flew over the nest and on to south of the park:

Bobby returned to the flag pole after several minutes. Sadie chirped loudly as she flew over my head and landed on the building beneath his pole. She's under the green cornice at the corner:

She had a bit of a pigeon kill in her talon. A fellow Hawk-watcher saw her bring a pigeon to the nest Friday but it's impossible to say if this was the same one.

Bobby dove into the nest while Sadie disappeared on me:

He stayed in the nest for a while so I left once it was obvious he was going to hang out there for a bit. The Hawks have been spending more and more time in the nest bowl and edge as they prepare it for this Spring's brood.

Link to the live Hawk cam stream in case you've missed my linking to it before.

Washington Square Hawk mating - February 17th, 2017

I managed to catch Bobby and Sadie Hawks mating today in Washington Square Park. I was starting to get nervous that I might not see them mate this winter.

The first Hawk I saw today was Sadie. The following photos document a little over two hours' worth of Hawk action today.


Bobby joining her:

He landed on her back and mated with her:

Sadie was the first Hawk to leave their perch:

A long Hawkless while passed before Bobby returned, circled the park, then perched a block south of the park:

The busy street below:

Heading west:

Sadie returned to the park several minutes later:

She returned to One Fifth Avenue:

Sunning with her eyes closed:

She must have seen an interloper because she dove off her perch and cried out repeatedly, seemingly chasing something but I never saw her target:

She eventually returned to One Fifth:

Back to her peaceful sunning:

I left her while she was still resting: