Hop flaps and papa on guard duty - May 27th, 2017

The Washington Square Park Red-tailed Hawk hatchling was in fine form during my 2 1/2 hour outing today. It preened, rested, and had some nice hop flaps. 

Bobby appeared a little over an hour after I had arrived. He sat guard near the nest for an hour before disappearing south. 





Bobby flew out of sight but a fellow Hawk-watcher spotted him on a regular flag pole closest to the nest 2 minutes later:


This flag pole is atop the building highlighted with the red arrow in this Hawk cam screen shot:




 



Hello!





Sadie has nest break then keeps close company with the babe - May 24th, 2017

Sadie was on a regular Silver Center Hawk perch when I arrived at Washington Square Park today:



A House Finch flew about and perched near her as the Finches do often with the Hawks:



As my luck would have it, I missed catching Sadie jump off her perch 10 minutes later while I was checking my camera settings.

Zipping around a corner:


She flew quite high before disappearing north on me.

Hello little dinosaur:


Time for a flap walk!






It was about 10 minutes later when I noticed Sadie sitting close to the babe on the nest ledge:


Head cocked to watch mom preen:







I left after about another 40 minutes since the excitement had died down and all was well.

Mama Sadie endures dive-bombs, feeds babe - May 21st, 2017

I was in Washington Square Park on the 21st but have been too unwell to post these pictures from my visit until now so apologies for the delay.

I watched mama Sadie Hawk have a nest break for close to two hours. The following photos show her dealing with dive-bombers and eventually go to the nest to feed the babe a late meal.