I’ve put together a timeline of the Red-tail hawks from April 20th until August 1st. I thought it would be neat to see how they grew from eyas, to fledgling, to juvenile all in a short span of 3 months.
Their growth specially from late April to early May was nothing short of astonishing. It seemed like they just transmogrified from looking like fuzzy balls of cotton to Red-tail eyasses complete with remiges. Kudos to Mama and Papa for providing food and protection!
After Wynken fell off the nest on May 21st and toured the Capitol for 5 days, hunger forced him back to the nest and he reunited with Blyken and Nod. He had to learn in a hurry how to use those wings and landing gear :).
Here’s a good image of Blynken, Nod, and Wynken just 2 days before they fledged. (photo courtesy of Jack Nales)
By late June, only 1 of the eyasses, “Blynken” remained in Downtown Raleigh. The other 2 were in rehab at the American Wildlife Refuge. Both were released back to mother nature in mid July.
July 2 – Blynken flies solo in Downtown Raleigh
How long will Blynken stay in downtown Raleigh? Another week? A month or will he do what Babe did last year and stay until the next breeding season?
We’ll see. Till then, it’s been fun. I hope you enjoyed this long-running show. I certainly did! Bye for now!