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Yard Hawks 3: The Baby Question

April 23, 2009

Ever since I misjudged the goings on in the Red-shouldered Hawk nest I’ve been keeping a closer eye on it. I had erroneously assumed that the fact that I hadn’t heard the birds screaming lately meant they had abandoned. After all, would my ears lie?

Well, yes, actually, turns out they would. And the Shoulders secretive happenings have made it a little more difficult to follow them. Lately though, they haven’t even been spending quite as much time there, sallying back and forth regularly and while at the nest, not incubating, but standing over it, looking down into their humble stick cradle. It’s a behavior called nest-watching. It makes it hard to get a good photo, though the one below kind of shows you what we’re dealing with.

Now if the Shoulders are acting in any way like the Swainson’s Warblers I’ve been watching on tape this nest-watching is an indication that there are baby hawks in the nest, and probably very young ones.

I hope I’m right. If so, it won’t be long before I get the first glimpse of their fluffy heads poking out the top.

  1. Lil A permalink
    April 23, 2009 12:50 pm

    Hey Nathan,
    I know you’ll be the right person to ask. . . Dan and I want to build some bird houses, we currently have several feeders, and are rapidly becoming the hottest house in the area for all things feathered– which us novices absolutely love any bird we can get– any plans or tips for building a good house?? We hope to attract birds besides: grackles, and starlings etc.

    Thanks! Hope you all are doing well!

  2. Anonymous permalink
    May 1, 2009 10:09 am

    Hi, Your correct there are probably some babies up there. That is exactly what the redshouldered hawk in my tree did for a while also and now everytime my son and I go play in the yard we have 2 little nosy white fluffy fellas watching us. They are quiet the only time you hear them is when mom brings them food. Wish I had a lense on my camera I’d have some great pix.

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