“A winter’s day, in a deep and dark December, I am alone gazing from the ground to the skies above…”
Okay, not quite Simon and Garfunkel’s “I am A Rock”, but close 🙂
Most of the times, I see zippo of Raleigh’s Red-tails, but sometimes, luck is on my side and I see one of them flying high above. Looks like the Red-tails are starting off late these days.
With no resident raptor on duty, invaders make their appearance in Red-tail land. I caught a glimpse of a large bird on an oak tree next to the Capitol. It wasn’t one of the Red-tails, but a Cooper.
As I pointed my camera towards him, he looked at me and subsequently took off. Any Red-tails in sight? Nada.
There’s been no activity on the nest either. It has looked the same today as it has been from a few months ago. Are they coming back?
Looks like they haven’t left. How many of the 2 juveniles are left in the city? I’m unsure, but reports from folks in the Revenue Building say they’ve seen 4 Red tails around the Capitol. Thanks for the report, Dee!
Four means mom and pop, eden and sally. Remember, Hee-Larry (or Hilary) was released back into the wild a few months back.
Late afternoon, I was in luck as there were 3 Red-tails in the Capitol area. Two were perched on the Wells Fargo building. I’m not sure who was up there but my guess is one juvenile and Papa.
As I circled the Capitol, I caught a glimpse of another Red-tail. At first I thought it was Mama, but looking at the tail feathers revealed it to be a juvenile. Both Eden and Sally are still here? Not 100% sure.
Who ever that was on the tree took off and landed on the Cross of a church. But it didn’t stay long and flew back into the Capitol, passing by their former home and joined Mama in the air.
One of the kids – probably Eden…
Will they be back next year? I hope so.
Till then, Raleigh’s Red-tails wish y’all a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!