Cooper's Hawk visits the park trees under Sadie's watch - November 15th, 2017

Sadie Hawk was on her southwestern corner building when I arrived at Washington Square Park today:



She had a nice sunny spot and was relaxed enough so I left her after around 15 minutes and walked around the rest of the park to look for Bobby. I checked the ConEd tower north of the park but didn't see him there. 

 A Yellow-bellied sapsucker woodpecker was digging into a little tree:

 
A Red-bellied Woodpecker was in a neighboring tree:


I wasn't finding Bobby so I returned to Sadie:


She noticed something in the distance and leapt off her perch and headed south of the park:


She had been on her building for a little over an hour.

I looked for her and couldn't find her so I headed back to the park. I saw one of the Hawks on the northwestern building perch so I rushed over:


It was Sadie!


Over the next hour and a half she went from the northwestern to the southwestern then northwestern building again.


I was leaving the park and was halfway down the block when I heard Blue Jays causing a big commotion in the trees. I found the source of their distress: A very hyper Cooper's Hawk!




It dove into the flock that hangs out on or near the park arch. Panicked pigeons:


The Cooper's Hawk made a few lunges at them but might have moved on because I didn't see it again or hear Jays give out more warning cries.

The pigeons didn't look convinced though and sat close together on the arch:


I was a little surprised Sadie didn't chase the little Hawk away. She must have seen it as it dove into the pigeon pack right under her nose.

It was good that I stayed that extra time in the park because I checked the ConEd tower again and saw who I'll assume was Bobby:



I watched Sadie some more before leaving for the day: