Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract: More Red Tailed Hawk Nest Photos From Monday*

Photo: Gary Vlahakis, March 5, 2012, 10:47 AM.  The female Red Tail Hawk has been spending a lot of time reinforcing the edges of the nest.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)   
Photo: Gary Vlahakis, March 5, 2012, 10:48 AM.  Red Tailed Hawk nests can be over 6' high and 3' wide.  Photos shot from Corralitas Drive.

Photo: Gary Vlahakis, March 5, 2012, 10:48 AM. She seems to be testing the edges for strength.

*March 6, 2012, 1:45 PM UPDATE: The female seems especially concerned with the edge of the nest she's standing on in the above photos.  For the past few days, she's been really working on that side of the nest.  Around 7:30 AM today, through binoculars I watched as she was working on the same section, then the male joined her in the nest.  They seemed to communicate something to each other, as if she was showing him what needed to be done.  They both fussed at the same section for a bit.  She flew over to another tree between the north & southbound lanes of the 2 Freeway.  He continued working on the same section of the nest.  Then a few minutes later joined her in the other tree. 

We're following the Red Tailed Hawk nest at the corner of Allesandro & Rosebud, 100' from the controversial 16-lot subdivision in the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract. More tomorrow.