Monday, April 16, 2012

Two Young Hawks On Their Own

The fledglings that were born presumably last February seem to be preparing to fly away to other territories on their own now.  One of the original three baby hawks is definitely missing.
The last time I saw two of them together and so close was on Sunday, April 1.  In the meantime, their mother, Alba has been sitting at her new nest, - hopefully incubating more than one egg - while their father, Matias, is dutifully bringing in food and more twigs and taking turns warming the eggs. 

Brown squirrel in park. Hawks' most difficult prey because sometimes they bite back during attack.

These fledglings were hatched at the original nest tree, also a tall white cedar whose major trunk divides into two long trunks . But something has happened to this tree, recently it lost many branches precisely at the top. Although I still see some activity from afar; perhaps the hawk family no longer uses it to nest but maybe to roost or to perch, or who knows.
Anyways, these two beautiful enormous youngsters surprised us (my husband and me) last April fool's day early in the morning when they landed in our roof garden.
Surely they were attracted by the dozens of birds at the feeders and the presence of maybe eight squirrels that originally lived in the park but have found a greater food source and possibly 'safer' haven at our roof and in the neighbors' gardens and tall trees.

One of the fledglings perched at house next door observing assortment of possible prey

Looking at squirrels, songbirds...

Observing squirrels prancing in tree down below

Squirrels are a difficult prey for hawks because sometimes they outsmart the raptors

Off he goes
Fledgling 1 flapping wings on top of next door white cedar tree

Fledgling 2 perched above my window scanning the area

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