I visited the Washington Square Park nest in January and February, but my timing was bad each time and I only saw a few glimpses of the hawks. I had much better luck today with the female on One Fifth Avenue, with a fly-by by the male who had a rat. He shared it on the Student Center building and they both made a few visits to the nest. Then they both went east and I lost track of them over the Law School. Both they and the nest look great and I expect we'll see eggs in a few weeks.
The Washington Square Hawks also claim Union Square as part of their territory and today one of them was on the Con Ed tower at 14th and Third Avenue. It was nice to catch up with one of them. The pair has been seen refurbishing their nest in the mornings and there are reports they have already begun copulating. Fantastic!
At least one of the fledglings has started to practice hunting in Washington Square Park. It made a few attempts at a squirrel while I was there this afternoon. Another was on the tower of Judson Church. This is a great stage to watch them. Unlike after they fledge were they seen to want to venture to the highest buildings, they're much closer to the ground and easier to watch.
All three fledglings were hanging out around the Catholic Center roof on the south side of the park this afternoon. There were occasional trips to the Judson Church, Furman Hall, and the Kimmel Student Center. It was good to see all three doing so well.
As typically happens after the Washington Square Hawks fledge, they start to explore the higher buildings to the east of the park on Mercer and Greene Streets. Today I saw two of them on a number of buildings including 16 Washington Place, Warren Weaver Hall, Shimkin Hall and 2 Washington Square Village.
With all three off the nest, I visited the park this afternoon to find two fledglings on Pless Hall and one on Weinstein Hall at 11 University Place. I also saw both parents. It was good to know everyone was settling down.
After I left, the fledgling at Weinstein Hall few into the NE corner of the park and then to Pless Hall to join its siblings. Their mother joined them on Pless and then one of the hawks flew to the library roof. I understand a hawk is spending the night on the nest, but can't be identified. I suspect the mystery of who it is will be figured out on Saturday morning.
I had a dinner engagement and missed the last fledge by a few hours tonight. I understand it was a good flight with a difficult landing on the Silver Building.
I did watch the nestling and the two fledglings this afternoon. For the most part it was quiet until around 4:40 when both fledglings decided to play on both Goddard and Pless Halls.
One of the fledglings at Washington Square Park decided to go back to the nest today this morning. It was still on the nest this evening. Unusual but not unheard of behavior. The fledgling and the parents were tough to find today. In the evening, I found Bobby on the Judson Church tower and the fledgling on the Silver building. The fledgling soon went to roof of the library, just above the nest. So for a brief moment all three youngsters were together.
The mother flew into the nest some point in the evening, so the whole family was accounted for. We'll see what happens over the next few days!
The second hawk fledged this morning at Washington Square Park, leaving just one eyass on the nest. There was a fledgling in a tree opposite the Silver Building for the afternoon, and in the evening we saw a fledgling on the roof of Shimkin Hall. So, I think we saw both fledglings but can't be 100% certain. I'm sure we'll figure it out on Wednesday.
The situation on the second for the fledgling at Washington Square, was similar to its first day off the nest. The fledgling was exploring Pless and Goddard, and had a journey to Shimkin. Its siblings have decided to stay yet another day on the nest unless they fledge in the late evening.
The new fledgling spent most of the afternoon on the Goddard Hall, got feed there, and explored the roof. Before I left, it made a trip to Shimkin Hall. It did well at managing the wires set up to discourage Rock Pigeons.
After I left, it made a few more flights including visits to two trees.
Two eyasses on the nest stayed put and did not fledge today.
The first 2018 fledge at Washington Square Park occurred around 6:20 p.m. Continuing my amazing luck at this nest, here is the fledge...
The Washington Square Park hawks spend most of the late afternoon and early evening huddled together in the cold weather. Fortunately, they did take a few breaks so I could watch them. They're looking good and should fledge in mid-June.
The eyasses are starting to roam out of the nest and onto the window ledge that supports the nest. They were fun to watch today. I was there in the early evening. I watched a food delivery, a feeding (with one eyass feeding itself), and some "jump flapping".
Washington Square Park had a Navy Band performing and its resident Red-tailed Hawks when I visited. The three eyasses look great and are now big enough to be visible from the park. Enjoy the hawks and the sounds of the concert.
I was about to give up on the hawks in Washington Square Park, when they both arrived at dusk tonight. The male visited the nest and the student center before copulating with the female on the Silver Building. (With the Judson Church Cross under repair, they've been copulating on 1 Fifth Avenue and new locations this season.) Hopefully, we'll have eggs in a few days.
I made a brief visit to Washington Square Park this evening and found the fledgling on a building in the southwest corner of the park and the adult male on 1 Fifth Avenue. Not much was happening so I went home. Soon thereafter, I got some texts from a friend that the action started as soon as I left with the fledgling coming down into the trees in the western side of the park and getting a visit from its father. Oh, well!
After a few days where the fledgling alluded hawk watchers, it was nice to get a text from a friend that she was quietly sitting in a tree on the west side of the park. She moved around a bit while I was there and Bobby, her father came in to check on her. But in general, it was a quiet afternoon.
Today, I after a good deal of searching I was able to find the fledgling and the adults. My first sighting was a parent going west off of the student center towards Washington Square West. Then after about ten minutes both adults were on top of an apartment building on the NW corner of the park. It's unusual to see them together at this spot, so I hoped the fledgling was nearby. One of the parents kept flying to a building on the SW corner of the park, so I guessed the fledgling was on one of the western buildings. But I couldn't find it, but could hear Blue Jays from the park. So I went out to Sixth Avenue and from in front of the IFC movie theater could see the fledgling on a railing of the SW building on the park. It was foggy, so the photographs aren't great. But I felt like I had been a great detective to find the fledgling!
The fledgling's second day included trips back and forth from the Pless Building to trees on the east side of the park, and at the end of the day a journey to the top of the Silver Building. The fledgling seems strong and confident. A hawk that is late to fledge may be better prepared for life outside the nest, and this seems to be the case here.