As T2 prepares to launch, we can see his broken left wing feathers which now will never be replaced.
T2 will always be remembered as the young hero hawk who unexpectedly showed up soon after Dad's (the original Franklin Institute tiercel) death left Mom alone on the nest with three newly hatched eyasses. She allowed T2 to bring desperately needed food to the nest, to feed the eyasses, and to help her raise the baby hawks all the way through to a successful fledging for all three. It is possible that he made red-tail hawk history as this appeared to be the first time that a "step-tiercel" had raised another hawk's offspring, and that a formel had allowed a strange hawk to join her in a parental role when they were not a mated pair.
On Friday, March 21, Kevin captured this juvenile hawk flying in the territory. Its brown striped tail clearly marks it as a juvenile. Is this the same hawk as yesterday?
We do know that she seems to have lost interest in that lights platform now that T2 has gone.
She spent most of yesterday, March 21, in the immediate vicinity of the Franklin Institute. Chris Ryan watched her for several hours, and observed her sitting on the former Board of Education building right next to the Franklin Institute.
Mom sat in those trees across from Franklin Institute for over an hour.