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Rufous Hawk

Chapter 22

In the Gnarly Cypress

July 13, 2014

Here is another photo of all four little hawks. All Four Hawks

Again I noticed that one of the four young hawks is quite a bit larger than the others. It is likely that the larger youngster is female, and the three smaller ones are males.

Seeing the fledgling hawks together like this makes me emotional. Tears come to my eyes, as I recall Bent's account of William Brewster's 1925 report. Thankfully, times have changed, but even so, I can expect that only one or two or these little hawks will survive to become adults.

July 14, 2014

There are three cypress trees clumped together between our home and nest tree. Chances are, if we want to know where the fledgling hawks are, we have only to step outside and listen. Pretty soon we will hear the whistling call of one or more of them: eee-eww. Then it is easy to locate them, most likely somewhere in the gnarly branches of one of the cypress trees. All Four Hawks

This morning I spotted one of the small males, who seemed oblivious to my intrusion. Another small hawk was perched very near him, but hidden by a large limb of the tree. Higher up in the tree was the larger female. I could hear the fourth hawk calling from some distance away.

Would you believe that, a little later in the day, this proud-looking young hawk was squealing for something to eat and jostling his way to the nest for a food drop? Yes, I learned this evening that the parents are indeed still dropping food into the nest. First come, first served!

Cooplet in Cypress Tree

Continue to Chapter 23: What's for Dinner?