This little guy appeared to be only a few weeks old. By the time they are five days old, nestling red-shouldered wawks can shoot their feces over the edge of their nest.
It sounded like there might have been a pair of them, but I only saw this one nestling peering out. After a moment, one of the adults came back through the thick trees with a snake breakfast, and this little hawk called out in happy high-pitched whistle.
But the adult didn’t like my presence. I didn’t want to risk getting any closer or disturbing the nest, which was a ways off of the trails well into Myakka River State Park, so I left. I could hear the joyous whistle of the nestling.
Red-shouldered hawks begin to nest in late winter/early spring.