Further proof that nature thrives even in the urban jungle: Two hawks, Violet and Bobby, have built a nest right outside the office of John E. Sexton, the president of New York University just overlooking Washington Square.
(Yes, these hawks know the way to get some prime Manhattan real estate, at a fraction of the usual cost.)
As the New York Times City Room blog notes, you can watch a live web cam of Violet and Bobby (who, of course, have their own Twitter feed, @NYURedtailHawks—can’t let a mere Egyptian cobra/asp out-tweet two hawks.)
While we’re on the subject of redtail hawks in the Big Apple, the New York Times also provides an update about Pale Male, the redtail hawk who, a few years ago, gained a certain fame (and a book) along with his mate, Lola. The two built a nest on the side of a Fifth Avenue apartment building (a 12th-floor ledge at 927 Fifth Avenue, at 74th Street, to be exact) and became favorites with local bird watchers. But in 2004, the nest was removed — not everyone was thrilled at the bird droppings and animal remains that fell out of it — to great public, indeed national, outcry. Pale Male and Lola were allowed to stay.
But alas, now it’s only Pale Male living in the Fifth Avenue digs nest he shared with Lola from 2002 to 2010. She has been missing since the winter after, as New York magazine notes, “dying somewhere.”
Actually, Pale Male has not been the ‘only’ bird in the nest. He’s apparently been ‘mate-swapping,’ with a small bevy of females (Ginger, Pale Beauty/Paula, Lima) taking up with him. Birdwatchers are on the lookout to see if there are any eggs up there on the 12th floor.
Now, though, they can also turn their attention down to lower Manhattan where Violet and Bobby roost. As you can see in the video below, the pair have three eggs.
Photo of Pale Male and Lola taken in 2004 by zenera