Fledgling zips through the trees! - June 23rd, 2017

A fellow Hawk-watcher saw the fledgling fly into the park trees early this afternoon. Hooray! The last time I saw the fledgling was June 15th which was much too long for me. She was in the western trees when I arrived at Washington Square Park.

Hello!


She was full of energy during most of my visit, zipping around all areas of the western side of the park. She settled down to preen in one tree for half an hour but that was the only time I saw her subdued. I counted 15 trees she perched in for at least a few seconds each.

Some of the more fun pics during my visit:









She dove down and made a squirrel leap for its life (seen jumping to the tree in the lower left):




Butter talons:





Scrunch and spring:




Time for a preen:


A Blue Jay dive-bombed her a few times:












I lost her an hour and 15 minutes after I arrived. All was not lost though because I then saw Bobby circling a block north of the park. He was being dive-bombed by a smaller raptor. He escaped it and landed on the northwest corner of One Fifth:


He soon moved over to the southwest corner:



He dove off after 8 minutes. It was getting a little late and I was turning into a mugsicle (it was extremely muggy out) so I left but happy to have seen the fledgling after long last.