5/24, Last Week in the Nest?

The cathedral red-tail nestling was briefly visible when I walked over Monday evening, but it then disappeared for a nap. Looking about in the usual spots, I soon found mama Isolde perched across the street on the hospital roof. She deigned to glance my direction.

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The rest of the time, she was mostly keeping an eye to the north, and watching out for a pesky mockingbird.

Twenty minutes later, the baby popped into view. Perhaps it wanted some motherly attention, as it kept looking over to the hospital

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Although it did also check other angles, too.

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There was also some standing on the edge of the nest, and just a bit of wing flapping.

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Based on the approximate date of hatch, the nestling should be ready to fledge this coming weekend.

The baby was active for more than a half hour. Mama never came to the nest, although she did perch on a nearby gargoyle for a minute before taking off for parts unknown.

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Posted 5/24/2010 11:41:00 PM by Robert

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