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.

Sadie:





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: