A day in the life of the unfledged hawk

Saturday was an exciting affair as the first two birds fledged from the nest, leaving only one (we believe to be the youngest) behind.  But the young hawk stayed quite busy on the longest day of the year.  Here’s how the day unfolded..

After a night all alone on the AC, the hawk awoke to some morning rain.

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After a snack drop-off from Dad (working hard on Father’s Day!), it posed for the camera for a bit…

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And, even though it was hot at times and Mom never came to shield it from the sun (she spent about 7 hours on the cross of the church yesterday), it continued it’s pre-fledge flight practice…

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…and it’s now typical “should I jump now?” pre-fledge positions.

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Plus a couple of naps in locations purposely selected to scare any onlooker:

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Then, rain began to fall…

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Mom stopped by with a snack and tried to leave but the rain turned into a heavy downpour (video: watch them hatch a plan to handle the rain) and she got stuck a few ACs down for the duration…

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…as her little one looked on…

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The rain stopped, Mom flew away and it seemed like the evening was winding down.  Suddenly, out of nowhere, the very first fledgling (we believe is the oldest), flew in with sticks in her talons and crash landed on the AC below the nest AC!

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Thankfully, although it presumably missed its intended destination by one floor, it chose an AC owned by a very kind Ageloff resident who turned off the lights so the bird would be comfortable. And it was.

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Eventually Mom came back to spend time with the youngest on the nest, and that is how the day closed.

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The third hawk (second fledgling) visited one of the south pillars on Ageloff this morning.  More on that later.

#fledgewatch

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