Give the hawkarattzi the slip

March 28

The weatherman forecasted plenty of sunshine and that’s what we got.  It was still unusually cold, however.

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As the sun rose a little higher, the nest appeared brigher, but the resident Red-tail remained motionless.  The other birds were already air borne and headed towards their feeding grounds, but not the RT’s.

At lunch time was a different story.  I spotted this high-flyer and it turned out to be Blynken.  He continued to fly towards the nest area and I thought he would land, but he continued on westward.

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Looking to the east, I saw another Red-tail land on the Pine tree, no doubt to bring fresh pine leaves to the nest. I told myself, “Okay, the usual one-in, one-out exchange is about to begin”, but I was wrong.

Papa took off from the Pine tree but instead of heading towards the nest, made a left turn and landed on the oak tree west of the Capitol.  I positioned myself for the best incoming and outgoing shot, but my colleague started saying the resident Red-tail had just left the nest and flew west!

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Huh?  What happened to the one-in, one-out?  Apparently she knew Papa was on his way in and took off before Papa landed.  Amazing how that was communicated between the two.  No cell phone needed! 🙂

Seemed like Mama gave the hawkarattzi the slip today 😦

One-in, one-out can now be one-out, one-in 🙂




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