Friday, May 4, 2012

Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract: They're Going To Need A Bigger Nest

Photo: Russell Bates, May 3, 2012.  Click on photo to enlarge and see 4 little white fluffy heads, eyes and beaks along with an adult (the red-orange tail is just to the left of the chicks) in the Red Tailed Hawk nest.

Video: Gary Vlahakis, May 3, 2012, 2 PM.  Gary was the first to confirm the 4th chick in the nest.  Chick #4 makes his first appearance at the 10-second mark.  (Best viewed in full screen.)

It's a good guess there was lots of prey in February, when the Red Tails were seen mating around the hoodDeforestation of the Semi Tropic lots gave them a temporary increase in prey with easier access to rats and gophers.

Last year, we never saw more than saw 2 chicks in the nest.  This year, it will be interesting to see how many make it without the ready supply of squirrels in the adjacent controversial 16-lot subdivision in the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract.   

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Related: Montecito Heights is watching a Great Horned Owl fledgling near Debs Park:
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