It was a relaxed evening in Washington Square Park. The male made two visits to the nest, and spent some time hunting without catching anything. I found a new perch for Bobby, the adult male, on the backside of the Kimmel building.
I finally got up to CCNY to find two hawks hanging out and not brooding. What was interesting was one was young, less than a year old, with a brown tail. It will be interesting to see if anything comes of this nest in 2017 or if we'll need to wait until 2018?
It looks like we might have fewer nests this year in Manhattan, but I'm sure we'll get more news after nests hatch. Eight nests are confirmed to have brooding pairs. I haven't gotten reports about CCNY and have gotten conflicting reports about the two West End Avenue nests.
There are also a number of areas where nests may be found over the next month. I also suspect that we're missing nests in Harlem and Tribeca.
I was on my way to visit CCNY uptown when I saw an email on my phone with a report of a grounded hawk in Washington Square Park. So, I switched subway trains and headed for the park. When I got there I found a hawk in a tree looking a bit stunned, but otherwise fine. It didn't look like either of the nesting adults, so I was confused. Then the resident male, Booby appeared on the Judson church cross and I could see the female on the Ustream camera feed, so I knew for sure this was an intruder.
Bobby hunted nearby, caught a small rodent and ate it, before going off to roost in a favorite spot. Only after Bobby had left did the intruder leave the park, flying down LaGuardia Place.
The adult male of Washington Square Park gave the female a break from egg sitting, spent some time on the Judson Church Cross and then spent time on low perches on the southern side of the park.