A nestling red-shouldered hawk

It’s that time of year again! Here’s a young red-shouldered hawk. DSC_0107

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.

2 Comments so far

  1. Jan on April 26th, 2014

    Red shouldered hawks with little ones in the nest can be quite aggressive with humans who are nearby. Wise you left. Awesome you saw delivery of the snake breakfast.

  2. Roger Real Drouin on April 26th, 2014

    Thanks, Jan! I felt I was already infringing enough and high-tailed it out of there … it’s good that this nest is quite a ways from a less-used trail.

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