The past few days has yielded no sightings of our Red-tail friends. Morning, noon, late afternoon, nada, zilch, zip! The nest also has not seen any new materials being delivered.
So today, I decided to drop by the nest site a good 30 minutes earlier. After rounding the usual perching sites, I gave up. All I saw was a Great Blue flying thru.
Where are the Red-tails? Much like this time last year, they did some nest work, then for several days, nothing. Same situation this year. But, glancing further south, a sign that they’re still here.
There were 2 flying around the Wells Fargo but they didn’t come to the nest but instead flew south. Oh, well. It looked like it was going to be one of those no-see days or was it?
Later, I spotted a Red-tail on Goldie Hen. It was Mama. She looked west, east and south. She was on the hunt.
Then after picking and locking on to her target, Mama literally leaped off Goldie with wings tucked in. This wing-in position is their hunting posture and enables them to take off at a very fast speed.
Mama took off like a missle and started to open her wings to slow her speed down, but it was still VERY FAST!
12:43:34 (2 seconds later)
She became obscured by a tree…
I wasn’t sure were she was headed but the next thing I saw was Mama striking something on a tree then quickly turning around. No time for the camera to swing into action. This all happened in about 10 seconds after she took a dive.
A squirrel fell from the tree and hit the ground. Mama immediately landed and claimed her catch.
Still clutching her catch, she stood on the tree for about 4 minutes. A few Raleigh folks saw her and started to take pictures. Mama took a poop then flew off to eat her lunch away from the hawkaratzzi :).
Wow! This was some action.