NOTE~ We have since used the same basket with another fallen chick, and it too, turned out beautifully!
After watching too many times the coons take the little white fluffs of chicks and decimated nests, I came up with a full proof way to keep them at bay as well. All a learning process, all one that I am passionate about.
This year the nest tree selection has been made and while a wee bit stressful at times, it seems to be holding after all. The property sits catty corner to my property and shall be a really great spot to photograph, whereas last year was very high and quite hard to approach. On the March 11, and 12 the nest was built. It is in the back yard of what had been an empty home for over a year. Recently purchased and renovated, it has been a quiet place and now the waiting to see if the hawk stays, or not, as the family moves in very soon. I have gotten in contact with the new owner and he is very kind and shall allow me the permission to place the pending around the nest tree, as well as any other tree that the soon to be leaf canopy shall touch.
I am keeping a really large girth between the nest site and myself, for nothing is worse than me thinking that I may have caused any disruption with a nest...that did happen once, much to my own ignorance a few years ago and one that I have never gotten out of my mind...it was one of the really ughhh moments for a beloved raptor lover. The hawks will abandon a nest if they have not yet heard the chicks from within the egg shell. Human encroachment is a huge No, No at this delicate season and I am so hoping that it all works out~
Female is on the right and the male on the left~