Bobby suns himself while a Cooper's Hawk sits watch - January 10th, 2018

I got to see Mr. Bobby Hawk in Washington Square Park for close to an hour this warmish, sunny day. He was on his One Fifth Avenue perch when I first arrived at the park:


The arch pigeons would panic and hurriedly fly around then perch together every couple of minutes but I wasn't sure why. I wasn't seeing any other raptors around so I found their behavior a little confusing. 

Bobby was the culprit one time as he soared from One Fifth to the southwestern corner building:


He landed on the right-hand corner then walked along the top to the left-hand corner. The Hawks are quite particular as to where they sit!


The pigeons acted up again. I finally saw the reason for their flights; a Cooper's Hawk in a tree facing the arch! The Hawk stared at Bobby too:


Looking at the arch pigeons:


Safety in numbers:


The Cooper's Hawk dashed eastward through the trees. I only just managed to get a snap of it (practically impossible to see in this photo):


Zoomed in on the sight of his tail feathers and wings:


It flew further east.

Bobby flew off his perch 20 minutes later: 


He circled over the northwestern area of the park for a couple of minutes before disappearing northward:


A man in the park square was creating big bubbles that became heavy from crystallizing in the cold, giving kids more fun chances at grabbing and popping them.