Monday, June 8, 2009

Monday AM update on hawk youngsters

It appears that the two remaining young hawks have left the nest. They have not been seen on the nest since yesterday morning.

Carditoo, a loyal hawkaholic, posted some news this morning (Monday, June 8) on the Ustream Twitter feed which I am posting below. I expanded the abbreviations for clarity:

Was at FI between 5:45 and 7:15 a.m.
Portico perched on capital at 6:15 AM
Then, Mom visited nest, joined Portico on capital; Dad arrived at nest; mom left.
Then Dad left. At 6:45 AM one parent brought food to Portico on roof parapet.
Parent and Portico spent time together on roof.
Third baby still MIA; hope she is okay.
I hung around hoping to see two babies; no luck, but parents are diligent.


  1. At around 6:00 a.m. yesterday I watched the nest, saw one parent bring food into the nest where only one hawklet was present, watched the parent fly off, watched a parent fly in, and within minutes the other hawklet flew into the nest (a little out of control and "bombed" both hawklet and parent) clutching a small rodent. It was amazing! The parent flew away and the little hunter kneaded/danced on it's catch (I thought it was still alive), wings spanned out as if hugging, with it's back turned to the other hawklet who sat and watched. That little hunter acted proud and certainly protective of his next meal, which it ate while keeping it's wings spread out.

    My last sighting was at 2:56 p.m. (EST) yesterday, when one hawklet was in the nest eating. Something must have caught the hawklet's attention because suddenly it flew off the front of the nest, downward. I kept the FI's website up, watching and waiting till dark, and again from early this morning, and I haven't seen any activity since yesterday.

  2. Good to have this update from yesterday - thanks, Donna

  3. I don't subscribe to Twitter so haven't been able to comment on the FI site but wanted you to know how much your updates have meant. I've been watching the hawks since just after they hatched and, like everyone else, have been enchanted by them. Your on-the-scene reporting, even with a dying laptop, over the last several days, has been awesome. The worst thing is not having information; you have made it possible for all of us to stay informed. Thank you SO much for your commitment and continued updates!

  4. Della
    thanks for broadcasting the latest

  5. I am a hawk fan and vitally interested in how this little family does. I have been unable to turn away for several hours.