Thursday, April 5, 2012

Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract: Red Tailed Hawks Have Been Sitting In Nest A Lot

Photo: Gary Vlahakis, April 4, 2012, 10:05 AM.  Red Tailed Hawks appear to be incubating eggs in their nest at the corner of Rosebud & Allesandro.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

The Red Tails have been taking turns sitting on the nest for the past few weeks.   Yesterday, Gary thought it looked like there had been 3 adults in the nest.  One of last year's babies has been hanging around quite a bit lately, so it is entirely possible.

After weeks of inactivity on the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract 16-lot subdivision, there were a bunch of contractor trucks parked on site, on Allesandro, today.  At a meeting of the "City Family" in February, the developers refused to share their mitigation plan for not disturbing the hawks. They should be giving the nesting raptors a 500' quiet zone, but there is no City enforcement of the City rule on nesting raptors (in the City Standard mitigations for development approvals).