Washington Square Red-tailed Hawks

If the daffodils in bloom in NYC in February and today’s balmy weather haven’t convinced you that Punxatawny Phil was wrong, today’s urban raptor news just might clinch it.


The New York Times reported in their City Room Blog today that the red-tailed hawks nesting in Washington Square, outside New York University President John Sexton’s office, have their first egg in their nest. Hawk-watcher and photographer Bruce Yolton has been following this pair and predicted yesterday on his blog, Urban Hawks,  that there might be an egg.


The New York Times will have a live webcam starting next week, and NYC Audubon is pleased to be working with New York University and The New York Times to provide educational content and commentary throughout the run of the webcam.  Dr. Susan Elbin, director of conservation and science, will answer questions the first week. Look for further information and opportunities to use the webcam to learn about bird behavior, physiology and conservation over the coming months.


Our own hawk cam is already up… check it out here. This webcam is focused on a nest in Queens, although it is not clear that the pair is using this nest this year.  Sometimes, red-tailed hawks will start preparing or repairing several nest sites, until they settle on the one they like best.  While some red-tailed hawks return to the same nest location for many years, others have less fidelity to their nesting sites.


–Glenn Phillips



One Comment

  1. Fatima says:

    Have you ever conadsidadered writading a book? I love how you imagadine what the bird is thinkading. I once read of a pair of fledgadling eagles learnading how to fly. The paradents nugded one out of the nest and then flew along side it like fighter jets escortading a plane down. Howadever, when the female went for her solo flight, the paradents saw a rabadbit and instincadtively dropped down and the youngadster foladlowed. She hadn’t learned about gravadity, howadever nor how to stop and she crashed landed and broke her neck. I was astounded as I just thought birds knew how to fly instincadtively with no pracadtice. I don’t know how you get these phoadtos but they are treasures.

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