Street photographer Steven Greenbaum recently snapped a shot of a hawk perched above the Bleecker Playground, at Bleecker and West 11th Streets. He then sent it to Keith Michael, WestView’s avian expert, to garner some insight.
This is a great sighting, Steven! I saw, maybe the same hawk, this morning (Friday, December 22nd) on my way to work, also swooping down on Abingdon Square Park. In the winter, the summer youngsters from all over the City spread out to new territories. (This is a Red-tailed Hawk. The juveniles have a striped tail rather than the namesake reddish, burnt orange tail of the adults.) I keep hoping that a ledge or balcony in the West Village will welcome one for nesting in the summer so that we can have our own celebrity hawks to follow as they raise their kids. If you ever see a flock of pigeons circling a little more desperately than usual, check to see if there is a hawk in pursuit! Text by Keith Michael. Photo by Steven Greenbaum.