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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Watching a Pink-tailed Hawk nest


Generally, persistence and willpower are rewarded. That is what occurred to the hapless pair of Pink-tailed Hawks who have been nesting on the close by hospital’s chimney’s catwalk. On 28 April, trying by my recognizing scope, I noticed a fuzzy, white head rising above the sting of their nest.

I name them hapless as a result of it took them 4 years to have a viable nesting season. I’ve been watching them every year from our 18th-floor condominium in Toronto, Canada. The primary yr, the feminine sat on the nest from the start of March to the top of Could earlier than abandoning the nest. The subsequent yr, the catwalk underwent repairs and the nest was eliminated. The third yr, the pair dropped a couple of sticks on the catwalk however didn’t do something extra.

This yr was totally different. Initially of April, we returned house from being away to see a giant nest sitting on the platform. The feminine was positioned low and cushty on the nest, even by all of the month’s wind and rain. I’ve learn that each dad and mom will incubate the eggs, however I wish to assume that the feminine is extra more likely to be doing that. I noticed her poking round within the nest which made me assume she was turning the eggs. The male introduced her meals which I noticed her consuming. Additionally, he defended their territory. On 12 April, I watched him escort a pair of Turkey Vultures away from the nest. On the times earlier than hatching, the male seemed to be bringing extra meals to the nest. The feminine was stressed and stored trying into the nest.

On 3 Could, I noticed the feminine feeding two nestlings. This was an thrilling shock as a result of earlier than that I had seen just one head popping up. To this point, the pair has taken excellent care of the nestlings. I don’t at all times see the male dropping off meals, however I see the feminine feeding the younger. She rips off small bits which they take from her and gobble down. Afterward, I see the feminine fluff herself up earlier than she broods the nestlings.

In my subsequent column, I’ll share extra of my observations in regards to the hawk household.

Cowl photograph taken from Pexels. Different pictures by Kinrys household.

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