Washington Square Park

With the hot weather the lone eyass at Washington Square Park spent the early part of the evening lying down on the cool stone of the library.  I could only see it by walking to 9th Street and University Place.  Luckily, as things cooled off, the eyass became more active and could be photographed.


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Washington Square Park

It's looking more and more like only one egg out of three hatched at Washington Square Park.  I was at the nest this afternoon and through the twigs could see only one eyass eating (around the 2:30 mark on the video).

One of the lesser known issues with rodenticides is their effect on fertility in raptors.  We might be witnessing this here.  While the Parks Department has stopped using poisons in Washington Square Park, they are commonly used by NYU properties around the area.


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Washington Square Park Hatches

Thanks to a contact at NYU, news spread that the first of three eggs had hatched at Washington Square Park today.  I went down after work to find fascinated parents, feeding the newly hatched bird, but mostly looking at the youngster.  Great news on Earth Day.


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Washington Square Park

While hawks are incubating eggs, visits to a nest can be dull or exciting.  At Washington Square Park, it was exciting tonight with a nice rodent kill and some visits to the nest.  News from NYU is that there are three eggs this year.


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Juvie Settles In

The youngster in Washington Square Park seems to have settled in and the adults on the territory are getting used to it being around.  At least for now! 

This afternoon the youngster caught a squirrel near the bathrooms.  The adults both hunted nearby.  Bobby had a pigeon on top of Dr. Sexton's apartment roof, and we saw the female go after something but couldn't find her afterwards.


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Youngster Continues In Washington Square Park

The young hawk in Washington Square Park seems to be settling in around the large-dog dog run.  It was there this evening.  I found it thanks to a young child in a playground who yelled to his mother, "Look an owl".  Reports are that the adult pair seem to be tolerating it more. 

It went to roost in a tree just inside the park at Sullivan and Washington Square South.


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Washington Square Park

The juvenile that's been spending time in Washington Square Park spent a large part of the morning on a lawn, prompting some concerns.  All was good however, as the bird was seen eating a rat in the afternoon.

I saw it for about a minute this evening by the larger-sized dog, dog run (the park has two, one for large dogs and one for small dogs), but I lost track of it as I was setting up my equipment.

Then after sunset, both adults were soaring around One University Place and suddenly a hawk speeds down to a tree.  We see another hawk move slightly in the same tree.  We ran to the tree and find the youngster, who gets attacked again by Bobby, who was only a few feet above. I don't think any contact got made between the two.  It was more of a warning shot, then anything else.

We then found the adult female perched on the Silver Building.  Fun evening.


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Kid vs Adult, Day 2

The battle between the young hawk and Bobby, the male adult of Washington Square continues.  After the young hawk eat a rodent, Bobby chased the youngster all around the park, before giving up at nightfall.  The youngster then roosted near the Washington Square Arch.

(General conscience is that the youngster is most likely a migrant on its way south.)


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Go Away Kid

I went to Washington Square Park this evening not expecting to see much, but ended up with a wonderful show.  A juvenile Red-tailed hawk was being chased by an adult hawk in the park.  Eventually, the adult left leaving the youngster to catch two small rodents and chase squirrels. 

I have no idea who the youngster was.  Was it this year's fledgling returning to the park or a migrant on its way through New York City?  Who knows?


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Mercer and Washington

The Washington Square Fledglings have been hanging out on water tanks on Mercer street buildings this week. 

I caught up with one fledgling on a small water tank.  The parents were seen briefly flying high overhead together towards Union Square.


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Bolder Youngster

Our reluctant fledgling at Washington Square Park is getting more active, jumping around the three windows and being much more confident.  It had two rats for meals today.  At this rate it should be finally off the ledge on Monday or Tuesday.

The active fledgling was above the reluctant one on the roof of Pless for much of the afternoon, but eluded being photographed.  Both parents kept an eye on the two youngsters and late in the day the mother flew frequently over Pless, as though to say to the reluctant one, it is time to go.

(Word comes from Fifth Avenue, that all three have fledged.)

Monday update: The fledgling left the Pless building almost a week after it arrived, going to the Silver Building and back to Pless.  By the evening it was nowhere in sight, most likely enjoying a rooftop perch nearby.


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