The Washington Square Park Red-tailed Hawks were having a mellow and peaceful day during my visit today. Bobby was first on One Fifth Avenue then flew some and perched on another regular building all while Sadie attended to the one hatchling in the nest. The following pictures follow the Hawks over the course of about an hour and a half:
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.
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.
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.
Be sure to check out the earlier footage of today's hatchling.
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.