Brr… It’s Cold

March 18

It’s the 3rd week of March, 2013 and while temperatures should be hovering around 50, it has not.  Most of the days in the past few weeks has seen temperatures 5 to 10 degrees below average.

Our Red-tailed friends definitely understand and hunker down in the nest.  But, cold or not, the nest duty exchanges continue to happen.

Nest duty can put a damper on the feathers and Mama took some time to preen while Papa kept the eggs warm.

mar 1820 (1 of 12) mar 1820 (2 of 12) mar 1820 (3 of 12) mar 1820 (4 of 12) mar 1820 (5 of 12) mar 1820 (6 of 12)

For us lucky bipeds, we can turn up the heat when it gets cold, but for the Red-tails, no such conveniences. No blankets nor heaters, only pine needles and their feathers.

mar 1820 (9 of 12) mar 1820 (10 of 12)

Mama took her stretch as Papa delivered pine needles and exchanged roles with Mama.

mar 1820 (11 of 12) mar 1820 (12 of 12)

Besides the usual nest duty exchange, nothing much has been happening.  However, more action is coming and It shouldn’t be long now.  My guess is in about 12 days the eggs will hatch and  we’ll see Papa and Mama start delivering food into the nest.

No sign of Blynken or Kassie the Kestrel.  Kassie’s nest is diagonally across from the Red-tails.

Stay tuned.

Ciao.

JP

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