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Broad-winged Hawks Become Empty-Nesters

8-7-14 broad-winged fledgling2 037Broad-winged Hawk nestlings typically leave their nest sometime in July or early August, at about five to six weeks of age. The fledglings tend to stay within their parents’ territory for up to eight weeks. Much of the first two weeks after fledging is spent perched close to the nest, often returning to the nest for food delivered by the parents, but by the time the fledglings are about seven weeks old, they are capturing their own prey. This leaves the adults free to hunt for themselves, as they fly overhead emitting their high-pitched, shrill whistle. (Photos: adult Broad-winged Hawk)

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3 responses

  1. Beautiful.

    August 7, 2014 at 2:55 pm

  2. Bill On The Hill...

    Hi Mary… Nice shot on the Broad-Winged Hawk.
    I see them here in Corinth on occasion & have files on what I believe is a male with very striking features on it’s underside, making it easily identifiable.
    Your image is super sharp & appears to be a female?
    Great post & thanks. BF…

    August 7, 2014 at 2:58 pm

  3. I think I might have seen one of these the other day. We most often have red-tailed, but this one had the tail bands and cried out a fair amount. Great photo!

    August 10, 2014 at 5:40 pm

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