5/16, Cathedral at Four Weeks

Wednesday probably marked four weeks since the second egg hatched at the red-tailed hawk nest at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. That means the baby hawks are now growing in tawny breast feathers, and their wing and back feathers are looking very dark. They may also be close to the age when they can pull their own food off a carcass; if not, they're at least doing some pecking.

Views of the nestlings were almost non-existent for some time early Wednesday evening. Just a few glimpses of one baby head peeking around St. Andrew.

Peek-a-boo Nestling

I was on the way out along 113th St. when I took one last look back at the nest and saw some activity. Mama Isolde had arrived. She did't stay more than a minute, and then she was off.

Isolde Exits

Isolde Exits

Isolde Exits

She wasn't carrying any garbage out, but perhaps she delivered a small meal. For the next five or six minutes, both baby hawks (it still looks like just two) were up and leaning over something.

Two Nestlings

Soon enough, they were sitting back down in the nest, with an occasional head poking up for a look-around.

Posted 5/16/2012 11:45:00 PM by Robert

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