I kept an extensive eye on the hawks over the weekend. Editing hours of footage down to these 7 minutes. The prize was catching one of the young ones getting a few inches of air above the nest for the first time. Before when they exercised their wings they would firmly grasp the branches in the nest, so as not to fall out. Now they are getting bolder. We might have one of them fledging by the upcoming weekend.
Punk Rock Hawk Chicks
About two weeks before they leave the nest, mama is out hunting and three chicks are alone in the nest. The Annual Puke Island punk rock festival is going on below in the park. The chicks spread their wings and mosh to the music.
Wing Flapping Time in the Nest
The Red-Tailed Hawk chicks are about 4 weeks old now and are strengthening their wings. They will leave the nest in about two weeks.