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Yard Hawks 2: The Updatening

April 13, 2009
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Since I wrote a couple weeks ago about the Red-shouldered Hawks nesting in the stand of pines in my back yard I had hoped that any updates would involves poor photos of babies poking their heads just high enough that I could get a shot of their fluffy heads.

For a while I thought they had failed again. I hadn’t heard the screaming parents for a few days now, and yesterday morning I checked the nest to see nothing sitting on top. I was stumped as to what had caused the perceived failure. The crows haven’t been particularly active in the area this year, so I was hesitant to assign blame there. Two nights ago a Barred Owl was calling from the same stand of trees in which the Hawks had set up residence. I wouldn’t have put it past the Owl to take advantage of the situation, so maybe that was the impetus for the the lack of activity surrounding the nest the last few days.

Or it just could be that I’ve been working a lot and haven’t been home, because yesterday afternoon, the first day I’ve had off in a week. I heard a cry and caught one of the adults cruising up to the nest that had seemed empty merely a few hours earlier. I hope they’ve finally got this thing figured out, I’m looking forward to watching baby Shoulders clambering around in my backyard.

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2 Comments
  1. corey permalink
    April 13, 2009 8:23 am

    I’m never believing your facebook status updates again. 🙂

  2. Nate permalink
    April 13, 2009 10:07 am

    @corey- I know, my credibility is shot now…

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