The Red-tailed Hawk family has succeed in having two eyas. Very hard to see them but I can hear them and see them flapping around high in the nest.

Friday, March 27, 2009

March 23, 2009 Almost a tragedy

Female returning to nest - see paper

Caught in construction paper

Today both the male and female were busy -the female on the nest working and the male bringing in sticks at 8am.

At 10:30 I went down for my break to see a terrible sight - the male red tail was tangled up in a very large construction sheet (his one leg and claw was stuck and then his tail got caught as well). He was screaming and flapping his wings trying to get free. Finally the bottom portion of the sheet broke off and he was able to fly but still had a large portion of the sheet behind him. He flew into the nest and you could see the construction sheet hanging down. The second red tail came into the nest with a branch. Eventually he flew off with the paper still attached. He did not return.
At one point the female was sitting on the nest and Jack and I could hear here crying inside the building. Jack then went out for a walk to look for him in case he went down in the woods and was trapped.
At 3:30 pm I was told both red tails were seen and they were flying outside the 5th floor window. The one had a mouse in his claws and the other was just soaring.

It was not a great day for hawk watching.

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