Red-Tailed Hawk Story: A Trio of Adorable Gs
At last, all 3 Gs are here! They hatched between 4/20 and 4/23 and are all happy and healthy nestlings.
HATCH CERTIFICATES BY GHENT ART
CLICK HERE FOR HATCH VIDEO (dennisehelaine)
On 4/19, a “star crack” appeared in one of the eggs. By 1:50 PM on 4/20, we observed G1’s beak moving in the hole in the egg.
Interestingly enough, BR helped G1 hatch, crushing the eggshell away with her talons. *behavior we have not seen before*
CLICK HERE FOR HATCH VIDEO (elly)
G2’s pip was first noted at 5:24 AM on 4/20, prior to G1’s hatch.
G2 hatched after G1 had his or her first feeding. Hatch was observed at 8:32 AM.
CLICK HERE FOR HATCH VIDEO (elly)
G3 hatched with a bit of drama – first it was, “is it a pip?” around noon on 4/21. Video by dennisehelaine
We waited. And waited. On 4/22 we had hardly any views of the Gs and the egg (thanks to BR. We love you BR, but….) This continued throughout the night and then it was, “is there a hatch”? Keysfishin stayed up all night starting at midnight to operate the cam. BR was seen tossing a bit of eggshell out and she had some eggshell on her beak. She provided only glimpses of G3. At 6:33 AM, she stood…and nope, no hatch yet!
At 7:13 AM, BR provided an exceedingly brief view of a wet hatchling – and when I say “exceedingly brief,” I mean that I had to go through recording footage several times and only found two video frames. We were unable to ascertain whether there had been a full hatch.
Finally, at 7:37 AM, we were able to confirm that G3 was indeed hatched. WHEW! Perhaps that is what BR thought too, as she was very restless prior to the 7:37 view.
SLIDESHOW – VIEWER SCAPS
Click here to view our slideshow of fabulous viewer scaps on YouTube!
The night before G1 hatched, Ezra had an unusually late shift on the nest. ClareEliz decided to take an impromptu cam tour and found BR perched on the railing, where she stayed for some time. *behavior we have not seen before*
4/19 @ 10:59 PM, video by dennisehelaine
You may also remember the night of 3/16 when she and Ez left 2 eggs uncovered all night prior to hard incubation. *behavior we have not seen before* There was of course some concern that the eggs might not hatch. It seems that we have all gotten a lesson in “Trust BR”!
3/17 @ 6:41 AM, video by ncaerie
The week of hatching, Ezra did not have many turns on the nest and BR did not take very long breaks. On 4/21, we were reminded again of Ez’s amusing feeding style: careful, tiny bites! The below picture shows an “Ez-sized bite” on the left and a “BR-sized bite” on the right. Click on the picture to see it full-sized on Flickr.
On 4/22 he was seen giving BR the “stink eye” when she returned after only 15 minutes.
Although we don’t see him as often, he is always around – on guard and hunting for his family.
PREY BROUGHT TO NEST
Ezra is a prolific hunter, to say the least! The 2016 Post-Hatch Spreadsheet has been started. Help us keep it up to date by reporting your observations!
BEHAVIORS WE HAVE NOT SEEN BEFORE
Four instances of behavior we have not seen before were noted in this post:
- BR leaving two eggs all night before hard incubation (3/16)
- Ez with late shift (left after 11 PM) while BR watches on railing (4/19)
- BR assisting G1’s hatch (4/20)
- Ez staying with BR for half an hour even though she wasn’t budging (4/23)
- Historical Chart with Dates for Laying, Hatching, and Fledging: http://bit.ly/1rONdhC
- Video Index: http://bit.ly/1mt54g9
- Bird and Wildlife Cam Links: http://wp.me/P5J1DZ-1c
2016, Week 5