The first red-tail egg hatched this afternoon and the second egg is on its way! In fact it may already have emerged as well according to some Raptor Cam viewers. Interestingly the first egg last year also hatched on April 14th--She is on virtually the exact same schedule as last year. Check out the video of the first chick hatching!
What an amazing event occurring just over our heads! It is a reminder that we should look up more often. In fact, our yards and neighborhoods are full of birds going through the very same process. In 1853, the great naturalist Henry David Thoreau looked up into a blue sky, at first seeing nothing, and then gradually making out the forms of two red-tailed hawks soaring high above. He wrote, "We are surprised to discover that there can be an eye on us on that side, and so little suspected, that the heavens are full of eyes."