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.
But not long later she maneuvered around the nest to begin a feeding.
Taking photos from just across the street, I could make out white fuzziness moving around but not quite clearing the edge of the nest.
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.
And after looking through photos I was able to see that there was a third to the left.
After 20 minutes, the feeding was over and mama prepared to take out the trash. Saturday dinner had been pigeon.
She flew west, presumably to dump the remains along the highway.
Then returned about 10 minutes later and perched on the fire escape railing.
She eyed the sleeping baby hawks for a few minutes.
And then as rain began to fall, she hopped down into the nest to keep them dry.