Kay Meng and I decided to check out the nest this morning, and hopefully catch a glimpse of the haggards. We met at 8:00 AM on a cloudy morning by the nest, snow piles everywhere from the recent storm, but no sign of the hawks.
Then, out of nowhere, the formel (mom) flew in carrying a stick for the nest. She landed, moved to the back of the nest, settled down, and just about disappeared, demonstrating how deep the bowl of the nest is already. She stayed there for a couple of minutes - enough time for Kay to get her camera locked and loaded, and ready for the formel's take-off.
Perhaps realizing that his reach was exceeding his grasp, he scaled back and successfully landed his next delivery