Although they are often out of sight, both hawks were still in the nest as 7:00 this morning. The camera can only pull back so far--when they are on the east end of the fire escape close to the camera, they are outside of its range. Yesterday after a couple of hours of not seeing them on Raptor Cam we decided to go down to the site and see what they were up to. Sure enough both birds were perched directly under the camera. They were up on the railing side by side flapping and preening and watching the world go by. Mom and dad were perched side by side at the top of a tall adjacent building where they could keep and eye on their young.
The hawks are now 48 days old. While fledging age can vary greatly among individual red-tails, these birds are definitely now on the older end of the spectrum. That is a good thing---they will be stronger and more developed when they take to the air.
Some information on past flegding dates from this nest:
- In 2008 the first egg hatched on April 16 and the first bird fledged on May 31.
- In 2009 the first egg hatched on April 14 and the first bird fledged in June 1.
This year the eggs began hatching on April 14. ....So they are still pretty close to their past chronologies---a couple of days longer than 2008 and right even with 2009.
A number of people stopped by when we set-up our spotting scope including the Voodoo Donut mini truck which was out celebrating the shops 5th anniversary by distributing maple bacon donuts. Thanks !
Notice all the dedicated hawk watchers abandoning the scope to collect their donuts!
And a final shot for the day from 2007, back when it all began...
Copyright Dieter Walblinger