The Hawks at Washington Square Park

BradleyNew York City3 Comments

Washington Park Hawk 1

The last place I expected to see a hawk for the first time was at Washington Square Park, in the middle of New York City, but that’s what happened.  My wife and I were passing through and saw a crowd of people gathered with their phones and/or cameras out.

Washington Park Hawk 2

Part of Washington Square Park is fenced off because it’s still being renovated.  Because of that, it’s free of people, which is probably why the hawk chose that area to hang out in, though it might also have had something to do with the squirrel that was on a nearby tree.

Washington Park Hawk 3

I asked a guy near us if the hawk showed up in the park often and he said that it, along with three siblings, lived in the area and had grown up in a nest on a window ledge on a nearby NYU building.  He said that when the hawks were young, there was a 24/7 webcam set up above the nest.  He took a moment to show me a video he had on his phone that he’d saved.  I guess people were allowed to go into the building and look at the hawks from inside.

It’s nice to see that people are supportive of wildlife returning to the area.  There are places in the world where birds like this would have been poached, or hunted just for kicks.  Some people are sick.  I hope these hawks stay cool and don’t make a nuisance of themselves, or you know someone will cry about it right away and want them removed.

For more info about the hawks, you can visit their ‘homepage’: WP Hawks.

For more pics I took of the hawk, see my Google+ photo gallery, or do a Google search.

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marie

i hope to see a grizzly at washington park square. that would be neat too.lolz

Zarnyx

For some reason I laughed when you said, “…these hawks stay cool and don’t make a nuisance of themselves…” Just struck me as kinda funny. Unfortunately, people like to complain about everything and I bet some people have already complained!

Good to know, though, that there is support as you said.

By the way, in case you did not see, NYC’s Restaurant Week started up again. It started today and runs through August 10! http://www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek/

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