Raleigh Raptors – Hard at Work

I walked around the Capitol early today but didn’t see any of the Red-tails.  However, I noticed that the Red-tails nest on the Church’s steeple looked somewhat puffier compared to a few days ago.

While I have not seen them at work, someone has been busy at the nest.  My guess is that Mama and Papa have been hard at work in the last 2 days,  getting a early start refurbishing the nest.  The nest certainly did not look this way last week or even this past Monday, 12/31/2012.

Maybe this is the hawk’s new years resolution?  Start early and work hard.

Front-side of the nest – Facing Salisbury street

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Backside, facing the Church’s parking lot

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Note that these are fresh nesting material.

We can only guess that our Red-tailed friends are indeed, getting ready for another nesting season.

Last year, they started in late January.  This year, they started in early January.  Why the early start?

I asked our resident expert, John Gerwin regarding this and he mentioned that birds often refurbish the nest throughout the year.

Then again maybe they know something we don’t?

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