Red-shouldered Hawks at Leisure World near Lansdowne are raising three chicks this year! Dave Thomas sent over this great shot. Here’s his update on the hawks:
They are feeding on a frog (which I glimpsed in an earlier photo of this sequence). They seem to be healthy, vigorous, and growing fast.
This nest is in a tree behind our high-rise condominium. The nest started in 2010 with one offspring, then two last year.
The nest was removed by tree trimmers late last summer but it was rebuilt over the winter, so the hawks seem to consider this a good location. (We’ll see if we can prevent removal of the nest this year!)
The photo was taken May 5 from the balcony of a 9th-floor unit in the condominium, probably 50 yards away.
The telephoto shot is cropped heavily to get this close-up, so the quality is not great, but at least it is good documentation of our third year of hawks.