Friday, September 30, 2011

Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract: Red Tailed Hawk Nest

Photo: Diane Edwardson, September 28, 2011.  The Red Tailed Hawks' nest is still on the corner of Allesandro & Rosebud, as seen from the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract, site of the controversial 16-lot subdivision.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

For several months this year, we followed the progress of the Red Tailed Hawks who nested at the corner of Rosebud & Allesandro. The nest is less than 100 feet of the approved subdivision.  If raptors are nesting within 300' 500' of the site (if construction were ever to begin) they would have to curtail work during the nesting season. 
Photo: Diane Edwardson, September 28, 2011.  The close-up view from the same location reveals a large, sturdy nest.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Red Tailed Hawks tend to refurbish and reuse their old nests year after year.  They also tend to hang around the same territory, year round, hunting in the large open spaces, like the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract and Red Car Property. 

Read more about Red Tailed Hawks on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's website.