This morning there were reports of both the male and female Washington Square Park Red-tailed Hawks visiting the nest and at least one observation of copulation on 1 Fifth Avenue. When I arrived, Bobby, the male, was the only hawk I saw. He made two visits to the nest while I was there and added at stick to the nest.
The Tompkins Square Park pair are getting serious about nesting. They've built a new nest close to Avenue A and 9th Street, and the male is busy courting the female. They copulated while I was there and he also caught a small rodent and went off to give it to his mate as a present. So, it looks like everything is in place for spring.
I caught up with Bobby, the male adult Red-tailed Hawk of Washington Square Park at dusk. He was on D'Agostino Hall, 37 Washington Square West and 29 Washington Square West before flying north towards 8th Street. No sign of his mate.
Both adults spent about an hour on the West face of the Silver Building, using the shelter of the roof overhang to stay out of the drizzle. I wasn't able to track them after they left.
Work on the new nest at 95th and Lexington continued today. Branches came from trees on 95th between Lexington and Park.
The first photograph is of the nest ledge on the Bobst library and shows the location of the two cameras. (As in past years, I suspect we'll have a small blind spot on the western side of the ledge.)
Both adults were active in the park after about 4:00 pm on Friday. Locations visited were...
- Both hawks soaring high above Broadway from about 3rd Street to 10th Street, escorting a third raptor away.
- A visit by at least one hawk to One Fifth Avenue's north side
- The female perching on a water tank roof on the NW side of the park
- The female moving to the Silver building on the NE side of the park, perching on the AC unit, then on the NYU flagpole
- The male appearing low first on a street lamp on Washington Square North, then a tree inside the park's NE corner
- Both hawks then moving to the SW side of the park, the male to the Judson Cross, and the female a block outside the park on a Law School dorm roof
- Both hawks taking off to roost for the night. The female to an unknown location and the male to a pipe on a building at the NW corner of the park
New York University has returned the camera to the Washington Square Park nest on the Bobst Library. Thank you to those who lobbied for the camera to be returned, as well has the President's and Public Relations offices of NYU. The link on Ustream is here.
The nest is very quiet now, but I'm looking forward to watching the feed in the spring. The new cameras (a main one and a backup) are wonderful.
Tonight, I saw Pale Male and Octavia who were keeping their eyes on an Accipiter. In the park, I was sure it was a Sharp-shinned Hawk, but looking at my photographs it might have been a Cooper's Hawk.
After my visit to see the new nest on Lexington Avenue, I went to Central Park. I saw both Octavia and Pale Male on the north side of the Met as soon as I arrived. Octavia quickly went south, and Pale Male went to his usual pre-bed time hunting grounds near the reservoir's south gate house. It was great to see both of them so easily.
There was a tweet about a new nest at 95th and Lexington Avenue on Twitter this week, so I went to check it out today. The pair looks to be the same ones that nested at 100th and Third Avenue last year. It looks like a better location. It's higher and has better views than the old nest. Unfortunately, it is across the street from a park that just was treated with rodenticides.