Parental Duties

With younglings in the nest, Papa and Mama has become extremely busy.  Papa hunts, chases would-be intruders away (including their own – Eden), while Mama feeds (mostly) and stays with the still-vulnerable eyasses.

Nope. They’re not big enough to peek above the nest yet.  Maybe next week.

April 22

Papa takes in the sunshine while panning for possible prey.

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Despite the wind giving Mama a bad-feather day, she serves breakfast to the younglings.

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By noon, Mama was sitting on the nest and looking around and around and around.

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She looked in my direction giving me a stare only a hawk can give 🙂

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After about 15 minutes, she started dipping into the nest.  Lunch is served. For about 20 minutes, Mama fed the younglings after which she took off.

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and landed in a nearby oak tree to do some oral hygiene…. namely, beak cleaning.  Nope. no floss necessary. 🙂

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That was a quick clean and stretch (< 1 minute)

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and then it’s back to the nest.

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There are definitely younglings in the nest.  How many is anyone’s guess.  Typically, RT’s have 3 when food is plentiful.  Mama and Papa had 4 in 2011, 3 in 2012 and 2013.

Let’s start looking for those white balls of ‘cotton’ pop up the nest starting about next week.

Stay tuned…

Ciao

JP

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