My sister sent me this link a few days ago. If you like birdwatching, and don’t mind doing it via your computer screen instead of outdoors, you might enjoy watching these young red-tailed hawks. Their parents built a nest on a window ledge outside the Franklin Institute, and after checking with both experts on hawks and on state laws regarding hawks, the museum added a wooden extension to the window ledge to make the nest more secure.

The eggs were laid in mid-March, and hatched in mid-April. By now the nestlings are venturing out of the nest onto the window ledge (though they haven’t done so while I was watching, which isn’t surprising because I don’t spend a lot of time watching). They are expected to start flying by the end of the month.

I’m not sure what they’re doing half the time – grooming themselves? Trying to get at itchy spots with their beaks? Lately I see one frequently experiment with extending his (her?) wings a bit, perhaps trying to figure out just what those things are for. It’s fun to watch the young of any species, but it’s particularly fascinating to get such a close look at wild animals.

The camera is showing their activity in real time, and there is no artificial light, so after dark (eastern time), you won’t see anything. But if you check in during the day, you can join the virtual crowd (most times I check in there are about three to four hundred viewers online) at hawk-watching.


One Response to Birdwatching

  1. Margaret says:

    If anyone is interested, the hawks are back on their nest with a new brood of chicks.

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