Sadie's watchful eye on the nest - May 8th, 2017

Mama Sadie Hawk was on a nest break when I arrived at Washington Square Park today. She was on her One Fifth Avenue perch, across the park and in full view of the nest:


She was sunning and preening. A Mourning Dove was having a nap near me:


I was pleased to see the Northern Waterthrush was still in the same patch I saw it in during my last visit:


A House Finch was wrestling with some blossoms but was otherwise victorious:


Sadie flew off her perch, in the direction of the nest, then swung to the east and landed on NYU's Silver Center:


Happy shake:


She then flew to the nest and rested a while with the hatchling:




The babe stood and flapped its winglets several times and sat close to mom.

Sadie off on another break:


Back to Silver:


Even though she had multiple breaks from the nest, she was within seconds of the nest and keeping an eye on her babe.

Off to circle over the park again:



I wasn't able to see where she flew when she disappeared behind the park arch north of me.

Peek:


It was several minutes later when I saw Sadie back on One Fifth:


Bobby joined her a couple of minutes afterward: 



He jumped off the perch and headed to the nest for his shift:


Incoming!



He made like he was going to land in a window several windows east of the nest but apparently changed his mind, readjusted himself in mid-flight, then flew to the nest:






He left the nest while I was distracted looking at my camera settings. Oh well! I looked to One Fifth and Sadie was gone too.

Bobby returned to the park then landed on One Fifth again: 


I couldn't see where Sadie was so I left for the day. It was an excellent hour and a half visit all told.