Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer







Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hybrid Sighting, Young Eyas Growing and Kestrel Stirring up Grub~




Some of you that have been following my blog for a while, may remember the beautiful Red-Shouldered/Red-tailed hybrid hawk that I came upon back in February.  
Week before last, when traveling back from the VA Hospital in Louisville, I happened to see it.  It was hunting in a construction area along I-71, very near to where I first saw it at the Thurman Hutchins Park.  
Last week, I saw it soaring over the park, with a Red-Shouldered Hawk, but the images were really poor, due to very bright sunlight~
 


The Red-Shouldered Hawks of Tingsgrove and Beyond, this season 9 acres beyond, is moving along very well.  
Last week, I thought there may be 3 eyas, and I was correct.  
In fact, at one point, it appeared there may be 4, but I have my doubts about that at this point.  
It is still difficult to view all 3 at the same time and the nest seems to be getting smaller , as the eyas grow rapidly.  
The hen has brought in a few reinforment branches yesterday and today, and she is having difficulty getting a good hold to feed the young ones.  
I fear, one, or more may take a tumble, and so I check at the base of the tree 6 times a day now.  

In the image below, the male had just delivered a Chipmunk to the hen at the first sunlight of the morning~
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 The images of the young eyas below, was taken from the backside of the nest tree~


Stretching those amazing wings~
 
 


An American Kestrel shakes up the birds near by~
 
 
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27 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos, Mary! It's great to see those babies! I'm glad to hear you've seen the hybrid again, too!

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  2. i know how much you love watching these little ones! hope they make it!

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  3. love these! the ones with the fluffball nestlings are too cute. Definitely put a smile on my face, so sweet :)

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  4. Brilliant, the baby Hawks are superb Mary. Lovely to watch.

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  5. They are beautiful photos. Your are great! Saw some on the lake last weekend, didn't have my camera.Thanks for sharing your lovely work.

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  6. The little white chicks are just adorable! Your photos are always spectacular! We've been hearing a hoot owl at night and walked around last night hoping to spot it...but we didn't. I took a bunch of sunset photos though! Enjoy your week!

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  7. Wonderful series of the Hawks! Those fuzzy little chicks are adorable.

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  8. Beautiful photos - especially the in-flight ones.

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  9. It's a joy to visit your blog!The little ones are so cute and you got some amazing shots!Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

    Shantana

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  10. Beautiful photos of the hawks Mary! They sure grow quickly don't they? Keep up the good work!

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  11. The fuzzy little chicks are adorable. What a great sighting. And your photos are awesome. Have a great day, Mary!

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  12. Hi there - wonderful pictures.

    In answer to your question posted on a (i think) Scandinavian blog - there are not Coopers or Sharp Shinned Hawks in Europe - the bird on the post is a Sparrow Hawk.

    Cheers and I hope you don’t mind me answering a question you put elsewhere (its a small world!)

    Stewart M

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  13. What a grand post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  14. Lucky you who got to see all those beautiful birds and even the small chicks! Beautiful captured!

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  15. Wow, Mary, your patience has paid off! These are delightful. Love those babies!

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  16. What a wonderful post! I love the shots of the little ones in the nest.

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  17. Special series,
    Imagine seeing that!
    Brilliant stuff Mary!
    ;-)WBW!

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  18. Nice to see those youngsters Mary. Good also to hear you are keeping a close eye on how they are progressing. Thanks for visiting Another Bird Blog while I was in Menorca and I hope to catch up with your posts soon.

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  19. Wonderful collection of photos. The first is stunning.

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  20. The babies are adorable! Hoping mama is successful in raising all three without any mishaps!

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  21. Wow, you certainly captured some wonderful photos of the hawk. I love hawks, and we see them here allot, but I have never seen baby ones. What a thrill.

    Your photographs are gorgeous.

    Karen

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  22. I like your compositions - cute little one!

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  23. I squealed when I saw that you'd actually photographed the little ones. Wow, that's amazing Mary. I love seeing their furry little heads and those eyes. I sure hope they make it and you'll be watching them for awhile. What fun to see them take flight. happy day to you Mary. Take good care now.

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  24. Wow. Lovely photos Mary. Great to see.

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  25. That would keep you busy checking the ground so many times a day! I hope they all make it!

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  26. Very nice photos ! The baby so cute in the nest !

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