Friday, June 8, 2012
Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 8, 2012, 5:21 PM. All day today, Baby #3 has been branching, flapping its wings and hopping over its sibling (Baby #4 is sitting down in the nest, tail toward the camera), and onto nearby branches. (Click on photo to enlarge.)
Shortly after I shot this photo, one of the adults was feeding the two remaining babies in the nest. I'm not sure where the first 2 chicks are. The extreme noise of grading on the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract has radically changed this nesting pair of Red Tails behavior. This weekend, we'll be observing the hawks to see if they return to their old pattern when its quiet.
See video of Baby #1's flight adventures: