Monday, April 23, 2012

More from the Red-shouldered Hawks' Nest!

Monday, April 23, 2012
I spent some time on a sunny afternoon at the end of last week with the spotting scope and camera, watching the red-shouldered hawks at their nest. The few times I stepped inside the back door of the office for a phone call, the action heated up at the nest. I don't think the adult hawks are the least bit perturbed by the activity around our office and parking lot. I just think my timing was slightly unlucky.

We hear the adults calling to one another in the moments leading up to some sort of interaction. One will be on the eggs, glancing skyward occasionally. When he/she see the mate, short high-pitched screams are given, which sends the BWD staff lunging for the nearest west-facing window in hopes of seeing some neat behavior. I've seen a couple of food deliveries and in both cases the one on the nest (the female is slightly larger, but this can be hard to judge) took the food and left to eat, replaced by the food bringer who settled down carefully onto the nest.

Once they are settled down, it's not easy to see the adult on the nest—at least not from our vantage point. The Carolina chickadees, American robins, and blue jays that frequent the upper reaches of the sycamore DO notice however and often set up a racket of protest. I'm curious to see if the Baltimore orioles that usually nest in this same tree will do so again this summer. Having such large neighbors could be good or bad for the quality of the "neighborhood."

This image (above) was snapped with my Canon G12 compact camera on full zoom. It was just prior to this that the bird on the left brought the bird on the right a nice foot-long snake.

The adults are very vigilant around the nest—just like we are!


On April 23, 2012 at 9:18 PM Tricia said...

A pair of Robins nesting outside my window makes me happy, but this would put me over the moon! Thanks for sharing it.

On April 23, 2012 at 9:57 PM DallasD said...

Can you get a local TV station to bring out their satellite truck -
mount a webcam on the telescoping disc that they can extend full height?

On April 25, 2012 at 1:05 AM Unknown said...
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