Red-tailed Hawk Nest – Weekend Highlight

This will be a short post which probably won’t hold any interest to anyone else. But there are certain things I like to keep track of through the blog. Like the Red-tailed Hawk nest I’ve been watching.

Once again work and family obligations limited my time birding over the weekend. For once though it’s during the holding game waiting for migration instead of early May. So I didn’t feel as much disappointment only getting out for a few hours.

I previously mentioned the Red-tailed Hawk nest when I happened to see a couple of hawks in the local park. It appeared they were either building a new nest or occupying a previously used nest.  On subsequent trips I didn’t see any activity.

Until this weekend when a hawk was sitting on the nest.

Red-tailed Hawk Nest
The initial view from a distance. The nest is in the center of the photo.
A zoomed view of the nest showing one of the Red-tailed Hawk parents on the nest.

I’m glad to see it’s occupied so I can continue to monitor it though the spring.

Over the years I have seen several Red-tailed Hawk nests and I have to say this looks small. Or is it my memory?

Must be my memory. Hal Harrison in Eastern Bird Nests lists the outside diameter at 28-30″, and the inside diameter at 14″-15″ with a depth of 4-6″. Looking at the photo again I would definitely say this nest is within that range.

I often wonder with all the Red-tailed Hawks I see why I don’t come across more nests. The following photo answers that question.

Any idea where the Red-tailed Hawk nest is located? This points out why I don’t see more nests when I’m out in the field.
The other bird of note this weekend was my FOY Fox Sparrow seen hanging out with a group of White-throated Sparrows.

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