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.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Female Brought in Dinner for the 3 Eyas June 9, 2009

All photos taken through the window of the 5th floor. Quality very poor.

The nest is very busy all the time now. I was lucky to look out at the right time to see the female bring home a snack for the 3 eyas. It looked very much like a skunk (it was black and white the size of a squirrel). The 3 babies (which are getting very large) were all around the female and grabbing the food from her mouth. They could hardly wait.
During my break I looked out again and there came in dad with more food. He landed in the nest dropped it off and flew out again. This time it was a gull.
The young ones very seldom rest - they are constantly flapping and moving about. I very seldom see the adults in the nest unless they are feeding. If the weather is bad the female will go into the nest.

Eyas getting large and testing their wings June 8, 2009

All three eyas were standing on the edge of the nest today. They continued to practice flapping their wings. The one actually got a little air today - and it must have scared him/her because it layed flat down right on the nest afterwards. They are getting so big and the colouring is changing daily now.
This is the week that we expect them to start to branch - that means jumping out of the nest and going to other branches on the tree then back to the nest. It is the first step towards fledging.
When I was watching the youngsters the mom was sitting on the top of the building right behind me.