6/9, Washington Heights Nestlings

Word circulated in late March that a pair of red-tail were working on a new nest in Washington Heights, but when I located the site in April, it looked deserted. I should have looked closer. On Saturday, I was asked to check on the site again after word that a nestling had been spotted on the fire escape nest. I didn't find a nestling; I found two.

Washington Heights Red-Tails

The nestling duo looked to be about five weeks old, i.e., born around the first of May. The younger had head feathers but was still boasting a pair of fuzzy white eyebrows.

Washington Heights Red-Tail Nestling

The location, as you can see, is on a fire escape that looks like it's in need of a good scrape and re-painting.

Washington Heights Red-Tail Nestling

The elder of the pair has his head feathers and is exercising his wings a bit.

Washington Heights Red-Tail Nestling

To be sure, some of the wings flaps came from maintaining balance while trying to step about the nest sticks.

The nest faces west, and Saturday's sunset gave it good color.

Washington Heights Red-Tail Nestling

One last look.

Washington Heights Red-Tail Nestling

Posted 6/10/2012 04:02:00 AM by Robert

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