6/13, A Better Vantage Point

Friday evening I took my time getting to the Cathedral red-tail nest area. Arriving at 7:15, I found the nestling standing on guard on opposite sides of the nest. A minute later, Dottie and Captain walked up, and as we were talking, the nestling that was on the south side of the nest climbed up on St. ANdrew's head.

Cathedral Red-Tail Nestlings

That's the first time I've seen that this nesting season, although a couple other occasional hawkwatchers had said they'd seen one nestling do so a few days earlier. A good sign that fledging time is approaching.

That nestling remained atop St. Andrew for at least the next 25 minutes. However, it spent most of the time perched with its back to the street. Meanwhile, the other nestling switched from side to side of the nest.

Some wing stretching on the north side.

Cathedral Red-Tail Nestlings

Cathedral Red-Tail Nestlings

Then run over to the south side.

Cathedral Red-Tail Nestlings

Big stretch.

Cathedral Red-Tail Nestlings

Run back to the north side.

Cathedral Red-Tail Nestlings

Check the skies on the south side.

Cathedral Red-Tail Nestlings

It finally settled down, leaving its sibling in the high guard post.

Cathedral Red-Tail Nestlings

Posted 6/15/2008 11:37:00 PM by Robert

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