Bird of the week: Red-tailed Hawk

The Red-tailed hawkThe Red-tailed Hawk is one of the most common birds of prey in this part of North America. It’s a most beautiful animal, whilst also being a seriously impressive hunter. We regularly see these guys slowly gliding in circles, high above most of the “common” birds, or perched high by the side of motorways. In either location they clearly scare the local avian population.

Recently, The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia has been lucky enough to have a nest of Hawks established by one of its windows. Being a bunch of clever and righteous dudes, the museum not only managed to get a carpenter to improve the stability of the nest, but they also created a 24/7 Hawkcam that provides a wonderful window into the lives of baby Hawks. The best bit is that the eggs haven’t hatched yet so if you keep your wits about you, you may get to watch them fledge!

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