A Second Chance

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A young Red-shouldered Hawk I found below a nest years ago. It had been reared by a very young mother, a second year bird whose molt had stopped during breeding and left her with both juvenal and adult plumage. Her nest building skills were subpar and the nest failed to hold her two chicks, one of whom perished. This pre-fledged bird was checked out at a local rehab facility then returned to a basket in the tree. He fledged 2 weeks later. Now I know that when I hear a Redshoulder screaming right in front of me and I still can’t locate it, I should look down.

3 responses

  1. you must have the most fascinating life.. c

    September 11, 2011 at 5:38 pm

  2. adrianduque89

    wow nice photo!

    September 11, 2011 at 5:52 pm

  3. We live on a ranch in South Texas and we have Red Shouldered Hawks , but recently I have been noticing a pair that I seek out near my art studio in downtown San Antonio.Yesterday, i spotted them by listening to some Blue Jays telling them to scram. One hawk grabbed a Blue Jay and killed him and gave them something to scream about! My first time to witness a kill! Kind of bittersweet!

    Dana

    September 12, 2012 at 6:35 am

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