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Meeting Rosie

By UrbanAnthropod, January 19, 2012 6:37 pm

I must confess, I never met Violet. The last time I was actively watching at Washington Square Park was before Pip hatched. I didn’t see much of a point. There were so many other hawk nests in Manhattan. When we lost Dad at Riverside Park, I saw even less a point. Part of me held a grudge because of all the press that Bobby and Violet got. I could turn on a web browser at any time and see what Violet and Pip were up to. Meanwhile, Riverside Mom was raising 2 hatchlings on her own and no one knew about the issues regarding the rat poison. Another reason why I held a grudge was the influx of casuals we got at the other nest sites. It’s one thing to inspire people to enjoy nature, but the types that came by were very combative about their knowledge of hawks and the goings on at the NYU nest. It was totally unnecessary. Somehow, I ran into a few of these NYU watchers at the 5th Avenue nest and they always turned me off to the types would be at NYU on a regular basis. Fortunately, upon my return to Washington Square Park, I didn’t run into these individuals. As always, there’s sure to be some bad seeds among the bunch and I happen to have the bad fortune of running into them earlier.

Rosie and the arch

Rosie of Washington Square Park

Rosie and the Washington Square Arch

So it was time for me to meet Rosie. And boy did I meet her. She’s a totally reckless and feisty female hawk. I was told that the watchers named her because of her “rosie” personality. This was a euphemism for her hyperactive behaviors. When she came into the park, she came in low. She staid low. I realized that this situation with this particular park was ideal for watching. I worried as she came in such close contact with humans and dogs. I didn’t see Bobby much, except for when he was being hassled by a peregrine. But the amount I saw of Rosie made up for it. After watching her make several runs at pigeons, she settled down and went for some cached rat.

Atypical of adult behavior, she actually fed on the ground. She wasn’t bothered by the swarm of people surrounding her or the numerous leashed dogs.


Because she spent so much time low in the park, she provided a few good photo ops.

Rosie on a cross

Rosie on an eagle lamp

She tended to the nest a few times by grabbing some sticks from the trees. Everyone’s wondering if she’ll calm down when she starts nesting. I just hope she becomes more careful with her surroundings as time goes by. The canine density in Washington Square Park is very high and it’s a very dangerous situation for her.

**Shot with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i with a Sigma 150-500mm lens stabilized by an Manfrotto 190CX3Tripod

**More Raptors in New York City can be seen at Flickr.

Geo

Washington Square Park

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