May 16, 2015

5/16, J. Hood Wright Park

Checking on uptown red-tailed hawk nests late Saturday, I caught the 7:00 feeding at the J. Hood Wright Park nest and was able to count the nestlings.

The mama perched in the nest when I first arrived, just watching things.

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But not long later she maneuvered around the nest to begin a feeding.

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Taking photos from just across the street, I could make out white fuzziness moving around but not quite clearing the edge of the nest.

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Moving to a spot further up the street where the viewing angle was flatter, it became apparent that there were at least two baby hawks up there.

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And after looking through photos I was able to see that there was a third to the left.

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After 20 minutes, the feeding was over and mama prepared to take out the trash. Saturday dinner had been pigeon.

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She flew west, presumably to dump the remains along the highway.

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Then returned about 10 minutes later and perched on the fire escape railing.

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She eyed the sleeping baby hawks for a few minutes.

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And then as rain began to fall, she hopped down into the nest to keep them dry.

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