Now that our hawks have left the nest it is much harder to know how they are doing. Those of us fortunate to be able to observe down on the Parkway and around the Franklin Institute have had many sightings of the hawks engaged indifferent behaviors. John Blakeman, our raptor biologist from Ohio, provides this commentary on what have been seeing over the last couple of weeks.
John Blakeman writes:
"What you are now seeing with the fledged eyasses over in the trees and on the roof is, like all of the previous marvels of this hawk family, rather typical (and yes, marvelous) stuff.
As a raptor biologist I have to go to great lengths to obscure my presence anywhere near a red-tail's nest if I want to see anything like you got to see at the Franklin Institute. If I were to walk within two football fields of a nest up in an Ohio woodlot, the sitting formel will either hunker down, or simply fly off the nest. I get to see nothing so intimately on the nest as we all did with the Institute nestcam.