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Red-tailed Hawks on Eggs

The red-tailed hawk nest that produced two chicks last summer is once again occupied by a pair of red-tails.  A conifer sprig adorning the outside of the nest was the first clue that a second brood might be in the works.  Yesterday I saw both male and female return to the nest carrying strips of bark, which the female applied to the lining of the nest.  Mid-March is when red-tails typically are building or refurbishing their nest and laying eggs.  They begin incubating as soon as the first (of 2 – 3) egg is laid, with the male and female both participating.  This photograph was taken at the changing of the guard.

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2 responses

  1. Beautiful photograph Mary! Did you have to climb a neighboring tree to get that shot?

    March 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    • No, Patti, I didn’t — but that’s a great idea! I am far, far away using a 400mm lens!

      March 13, 2012 at 5:13 pm

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