March 18: Site of the New Nest
This afternoon, Jay and I were driving along the canal on the way home, when I spotted Rufous. "Stop the car!" I yelled. And Jay obliged. We watched as Rufous flew up into a live oak tree with prey of some type. He loudly proclaimed satisfaction with his meal. "Kek kek kek kek kek" he called. We waited until he finished eating to see where he would fly. Then swoop swoop low over the canal, he headed straight for one of our cypress trees.
As we turned to park in front of our condo, we spotted Henrietta perched in a cypress tree. She watched, softly vocalizing, as Rufous flew about selecting sticks and flying up into a live oak on the other side of the canal. Although Henrietta had her back to me, I was able to balance my big lens against a tree and get a couple of photos of her. Then she flew over and into the same live oak where Rufous had gone. Maybe this is where their new nest is! On the other hand, this is the same tree they used as a "screen" last year to fool me. We shall see!