It is just becoming almost impossible to predict how a new Bird of Prey nest will turn out. So much factors in with them, even more so sometimes than that of smaller birds...it is nature at it's best, or sometimes it's cruelest. The local Red-Shouldered Hawks ( I will share their images in a later post, coming soon) had been on their nest for 6 weeks, and every time we had showers, I knew that the nest was not going to hold from the beginning. It was way too small, too fragile and not even built by them, but Squirrels, mostly leaves. Leaves get wet, they fall away and at the six week mark, the nest fell through. My heart is very sad. The nest of another pair of these birds also failed at the park where I walk, the Anchorage Trail. This failure could be due to storms, or possibly Raccoon intrusion, never the less both have failed. They will attempt a second, a third time before giving up.
~HAPPY MOTHERS DAY~
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Maggie's MOSAIC MONDAY
While on my walk at the Anchorage Trail, I came upon this lovely White-tailed Deer, a green Heron, a Cottontail Rabbit, and a pair of both Red-Shouldered and Red-Tailed Hawks. The wildflowers grow among the wild grasses there~
On the same property as the local Red-Shouldered Hawk nest is also a den of Groundhogs...a mom and her 6 cubs. The Mom keeps new leaves in the tunnel for warmth and one of the baby cubs was doing the same kind of thing for when they are on their own~
A little bit of wrestling~
A Gray Squirrel comes along side, and is a great way to show you the baby Groundhog cubs sizing~
When Mom arrives, they are all over her for attention and she is a very good leader for them, very tender~
This pair of Red-Shouldered Hawks were once again in the breeding mode, as they too must have a failed nest at the Anchorage Trail~
Near the local Red-Shouldered Hawk nest a few White-tailed Deer came to visit one morning. Two of them began cleaning each other's faces...it was a very sweet moment~
Red-Tailed Hawk being harassed by a Red-Winged Blackbird~