Welcome to breeding season 2014!
You are watching a pre-recorded livestream of a hawk nest from the 12th-floor window ledge of New York University’s Bobst Library overlooking Washington Square Park. The now famous father hawk Bobby will probably be back for another year, with his new mate, Rosie. We are eagerly waiting for their return from their winter migration.
Breeding season 2014 will be the fourth year of live-streaming on a red-tailed hawks nest outside of the New York University president’s office. According to Livestream, more than 1.7 million unique viewers from more than 200 countries observed the day to day lives of these raptors last year alone.
For a brief synopsis, at the end of breeding season 2011, Bobby’s mate Violet died from complications following surgery to amputate a necrotic foot. But a day after she was removed from the park for treatment, a new female, who was named Rosie by viewers, bonded with Bobby, and they since mated. Together they raised two chicks.
The curious wait is on for the breeding season 2013. Stay tuned!
For further information, as they always did in the past New York City Audubon will be providing expert commentary about raptors and their roles in their urban ecosystem, starting with Susan Elbin, an ornithologist who has worked in the field of behavioral ecology and conservation for more than 25 years and will answer questions about raptors in the city.
In 2012, the first chick hatched on April 9th after 11:00 pm. Here’s a video of the first time feeding: