Yesterday's newly hatched and bedraggled eyass #3 was now a fluffy, smaller version of its siblings. All three look strong and active as the tiercel stands guard over their morning nap
Temperatures rose here yesterday into summer-like 80s, and instead of nestling down over the babies, the haggards stood by watchfully, lifting their wings slightly to stay cool.
When the formel settled closer, the eyasses stayed out in front of her, rather than under....
.... and soon collapsed into a sleeping pile.
I asked John Blakeman - a master falconer and raptor biologist from Ohio who has consistently shared his enormous knowledge of hawks to help understand what we are witnessing at the nest - whether the heat would adversely affect the fragile eyasses.