2.20.2005

housekeeping

The hawks are back! The specially constructed nest appears to be a huge success. Lola and Pale Male were seen mating (I must have missed that chapter) and are now preparing the nest for their young.

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The birds won't actually sleep or mate in their newly rebuilt nest, but they'll deposit their eggs in March, and then raise their hawkettes there. (Note to self: look up name for baby hawks.)

3 comments:

RobfromAlberta said...

I believe, as with most birds, baby hawks are called chicks.

I used to live in Nova Scotia and there is a town there called Kentville which has a lot of chicken farms. The farmers there would leave viscera from slaughtered birds out in the fields for the local raptor population. Over the years a sizable population of bald eagles (some 200 mating pairs at its peak). The eagles became a tourist attraction as they would often gather by the dozens in a single tree waiting for food to appear. Truly magnificent birds.

By the way, Canada often exports animals such as eagles, bison and wolves to the US in hopes of re-establishing wildlife populations that have been depleted. Although the bald eagle is the US national symbol, there are way more of them in Canada.

L-girl said...

Hi Rob. :)

Baby swans are called cygnets and baby ducks are ducklings. But baby eagles are chicks, so maybe hawks are chicks, too.

I was only kidding about the hawkettes, of course.

That must have been very cool, seeing bald eagles feeding. You're right - they are simply magnificent animals.

I am interested in wolf repopulation, I follow those stories in the news. Wolf programs are doing well, if US national park land manages to survive BushCo.

L-girl said...

Rob is correct: baby hawks are called chicks. Though it seems they are often referred to simply as baby hawks.

Lots of great NYC hawk (and other bird) photos at http://www.calvorn.com. He has a whole page devoted to the Pale Male saga. Terrific photography.