Bobby visits the nest, both Hawks on the ConEd tower - February 20th, 2018

I checked on the live Hawk nest cam this morning and saw Bobby was in the nest:

 
He flew out of the nest a few minutes later:


Both Bobby and Sadie were on the ConEd tower when I arrived at the park this afternoon:


One of the Hawks dove off the tower and headed in the direction of the park:


It circled just behind the northern park trees. You can see it circling above the trees and the Hawk on the tower in the distance:


The Hawk flew north of the east and west sides of the park for 12 minutes before returning to the tower: 


They perched for another 20 minutes or so before I figured I might as well call it a day and leave. The positive thing is I guess I know when "Tower Time" is! :)

High-flying Sunday Hawks - February 18th, 2018

I saw both of the Washington Square Park Red-tailed Hawks during the hour and a half I was in the park today.

They never perched but circled above and around the park from time to time. I mostly saw Bobby:





Another Hawk (who I assume was Sadie) joined him and circled with him until they both flew north away from the park:


On the lower right of the photo above is the Cardozo Law Building perch the Hawks like to perch on sometimes.

You can see this perch from the park (park arch on the right):




It looked like the Hawks were going to be away for a while so I left the park.

A cute Mockingbird I ran into on my way home:


Bobby and Sadie work on the nest, grab sticks together - February 15th, 2018

I was watching the live NYU Hawk Cam this morning and watched while Bobby and Sadie worked on the nest together. I recorded some of the footage when they would pick up the same sticks together.

My stream froze when Bobby initially left the nest but I managed to catch the footage of Sadie flying out.

I later recorded Bobby flying from the nest and swooping through the trees after he had returned to the nest a few minutes later. Enjoy!


Bobby and Sadie mating on this Valentine's Day - February 14th, 2018

A fellow Hawk-watcher was in Washington Square Park earlier today and spotted the Red-tailed Hawks mating.

It was nice news to hear on this Valentine's Day. :) Here's to hoping we have a bountiful brood this spring!

Bobby and Sadie visit the nest then fly and depart together - February 13th, 2018

A Hawk was on the ConEd tower when I arrived at Washington Square Park today:


I don't know if it was the same Hawk but Sadie flew from the northeast and like a shot over the Bobst Library (location of the Hawk nest) 15 minutes later:


I suspected she might be on her 3rd Street heat vent like usual so I rushed over and was happy to find her there:



A Cooper's Hawk decided to hunt pigeons near Sadie. It tucked into a nice dive:


It almost caught one but all of a sudden Sadie leapt off her perch and dove into the crowd, dispersing all the birds. She then flew past me and turned the corner, heading toward the park.

The back of Bobst Library on the left:


I just reached the park when I saw her land on one of the eastern flag poles:


Bobby was in the nest, apparently tidying the sticks. Sadie soon flew in and joined him:



She flew out a minute later:



She circled low over the park square. Bobby then flew out and they circled over the western trees for a spell before following each other north out of the park.

Sadie:


20 minutes passed when all of a sudden Bobby returned to the park, landing on One Fifth:





All was quiet for a while except for some panicked flights by park pigeons and Starlings. I didn't see what was making them so nervous though.

Starlings:



Bobby was pretty restful so I decided to leave after another 20 minutes. 

Bobby was on One Fifth and Sadie was on the ConEd tower:



Bobby and Sadie visit the nest - February 10th, 2018

A Hawk-watching friend in Washington Square Park alerted me that Bobby and Sadie were in the nest this morning. 

Bobby had left the nest by the time I turned on the NYU Hawk Cam but I did get to watch Sadie sit in the nest for 20 minutes before she too flew out.

We will start to regularly see the Hawks bring new twigs to the nest and fortify the nest structure as mating season intensifies.



Surprise juvenile Hawk, Bobby and Sadie cavort around town - February 9th, 2018

I was on my way to Washington Square Park when I noticed the unmistakable shape of a Hawk on a building at the intersection of Lafayette and Great Jones Streets:



A different perspective of this building from a Google maps search:


Great Jones Street becomes West 3rd Street (the block south of the park).


The juvie flew overhead and further east after several seconds:




It was a lucky and charming sight.

The Washington Square Hawk nest looks like it has some new twigs in it: 


A Hawk was on the ConEd tower while I walked around the park looking for its mate:


A half hour passed so I decided to get close to the tower and see if the Hawks would fly in or around Union Square Park (which sits under the shadow of the ConEd tower).

I saw no Hawks in that park so I returned to Washington Square. Both Hawks were home when I returned:


Bobby was on the northwest building and Sadie was on the southwest building.


Bobby flew to Sadie and sat next to her:



I was hoping to see some mating but they sat still and relaxed instead.

Bobby flew off the perch 15 minutes later:


He circled near her for a few minutes before heading toward the ConEd tower.

Incoming Hawk in the upper left hand corner:




Sadie joined him a minute later (wings extended as she lands behind Bobby):



She then hopped over to sit closer to Bobby:


I left the park with the two love Hawks still sitting on the tower together.