Quality time with Mama Sadie - August 23rd, 2017

I got to spend some quality time with Mama Sadie Hawk right outside Washington Square Park this morning.

I first spotted her on the eastern flag pole closest to the nest:


Scratch:


Another scratch a minute later:


She hopped off her perch after 8 minutes:



She circled in front of her perch for a few rounds before heading south:



She was easy to find because she was just one block over, on the water tower behind Bobst Library (location of the nest):





A kestrel dive-bombed her ten minutes later:




I watched her on this perch for half an hour but she seemed settled in so I went to the park grounds to look for Bobby (and perhaps the fledgling?).

The lawn behind one of the removed trees gets soaked with sun now:


I was shocked to discover two more western trees completely removed from the park (a tree this year's fledgling cavorted in a few times) and the humungous tree at the park's southwestern corner entrance. 

A regular park-goer told me that corner tree (a London Plane) was hollow inside so it's just as well it was removed but it was a truly glorious tree in all its hugeness and greenery.

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I wasn't finding any other Hawks so I returned to Sadie after 20 minutes:


It was extraordinary luck because she hopped off mere seconds after I returned:



She circled over that building complex's garden then flew back toward Washington Square Park:


Turns out she was back on her water tower perch:



Off after 3 minutes:



I caught up with her as she flew over the park and landed on her northwestern building perch:


I relocated to get an even better view but she was gone by the time I was ready to photograph her again. I looked for her and Bobby for several more minutes before leaving for the day. It was delightful to spend so much time with her after so long.