Both Hawks accounted for on this blustery day - January 22nd, 2018

It was pretty chilly, windy, and overcast during my Washington Square Park Hawk visit today. 

Sadie was on the southwest building corner when I approached the park:

She left her perch almost immediately then circled above the park square before heading east: 

A Cooper's Hawk zipped overhead 45 minutes later but I didn't get a good photo of it (they're so quick!).

I almost gave up on seeing a Hawk again so I went northeast to run an errand. I saw a Hawk flying toward the park when I was a couple of blocks out of the park so I turned back to do some more Hawking.

Sadie was back on the southwestern corner building:

Bobby flew over the park and headed east 10 minutes after Sadie had returned to the park:

Sadie flew north 7 minutes later then back to her perch:

There was no action after another 20 minutes so I tried to run my errand again.

I was happily surprised to see a Hawk on the top of Grace Church's cross tower. This church is located on Broadway between 10th and 11th Streets.

Here's where the church is in relation to Washington Square Park and Union Square Park:

It looked a bit like Bobby as it flew off the tower 15 minutes after I discovered it up there:

He disappeared northward, toward Union Square Park.

Hawk-filled visit in Washington Square Park - January 18th, 2018

Over the course of two hours today I saw an adult Cooper's Hawk, Bobby and Sadie, and the juvenile Cooper's Hawk who's been hanging out in the park lately. It was quite the Hawk fest!

There was a lot of perch-hopping and flying about between the two adult Red-tails. 

Bobby was on One Fifth as soon as I arrived in the park:

Either a Cooper's or Sharp-shinned Hawk flew overhead (they're notoriously difficult to distinguish from one another).

I heard a Hawk screaming behind it. It was Sadie screaming as she chased the Hawk out of the park:

Sadie soon flew northeast from the park. You can see the ConEd tower in the distance:

She came back to the park and landed on the southwestern corner building:

Bobby jumped off One Fifth and flew south of the park:


Bobby back on One Fifth:

I was pretty excited when the juvenile Cooper's Hawk landed in the same tree as it did when I first saw it three days ago.

Bobby left One Fifth and flew south of the park.

The Cooper's Hawk settled down on its branch.

Sadie flying to One Fifth:

Bobby immediately joined her:

The Cooper's Hawk dove into the western trees 13 minutes after landing in its first tree:

Bobby flew off One Fifth. 

Sadie peeking around:

I initially lost the Cooper's Hawk but saw it again 45 minutes later as it chased park pigeons. It flew to the eastern trees where I found it in view of One Fifth:

It sat for 10 minutes before diving to pigeons just north of the park:

One of the adult Hawks flew over the east side of the park as I was leaving for the day:

Cooper's Hawk adventures in Washington Square Park - January 15th, 2018

Today's 2 1/2 hour visit to Washington Square Park was full of Hawks: One juvenile, Bobby, Sadie, and a Cooper's Hawk.

The first Hawks I saw were a juvenile and Bobby circling over the park square:

I missed a shot of them diving toward each other aggressively. 

Bobby escorted the juvenile away from his territory:

The little Hawk dove west out of the park.

Bobby perched on the southwest corner of One Fifth:

I spotted a Hawk on the ConEd tower. I'll assume it was Bobby's mate Sadie considering she's perched with Bobby there several times in the past:

The pigeons panicked repeatedly as I watched Bobby and Sadie(?) rest on their respective perches. A bird flew to and landed in the tree in front of me. I thought, 'That's a strange, fluffy-looking pigeon. Oh! A Cooper's Hawk! Thank you!'

It soon flew to a tree a lawn away:

It looked like the Cooper's Hawk from the 10th which perched in the same group of trees and hunted the same pigeons as this one so it might be the same Hawk. 

Flying past the arch pigeons to the east side trees:

It dove toward the northeast corner pigeons and disappeared. I headed over and was pleased to see it relaxed and sunning:

Bobby stood up and stretched:

Bobby soon dove to the southwest corner building and perched there for a spell.

The Cooper's Hawk left its tree while I was watching Bobby fly. I thought I had lost it for the day so I was happy to find it in a tree along the northern path:

It had a rat. Unfortunately I did not see it catch it.

The Cooper's Hawk spent the next hour and 10 minutes eating the rat:

Sadie appeared, dove across the park, and perched on the Judson Church cross base:


A pair of squirrels chased and played with each other, oblivious to (or not bothered by) the Hawk:

Sadie left the church and sat next to Bobby:

The two Red-tails then took to the northern skies and flew together for a little while.

The Cooper's Hawk watched them:

The Cooper's dropped the last chunk of its meal on the playground underneath its tree.

Wiping up:

I was freezing cold so I started to leave. Looking back at the Cooper's Hawk:

I got to see it jump off its perch and dive toward the northeast pigeons again:

It was the perfect cap to my outing.