Last Spring I found a Red-shouldered Hawk’s nest on the property where I keep my horse. Shortly after I discovered it however, I broke my ankle and wasn’t able to keep an eye on it. This year though, I am happy to report that the nest has produced 3 babies. I’m not able to get out there every day so I don’t know when the eggs were laid or when exactly they hatched but my best guess is that they are almost 2 weeks old. I have been concerned that the third may not thrive, based on what I’ve read, but they seem to be doing fine and all appear to be equal in size. I took some crude pictures using my iPhone camera through the eyepiece of my scope. I will try to post.
A side note: Two summers ago, while doing morning chores at the barn, I found a young male Red-shouldered Hawk trapped in one of the spinning roof vents of the barn. I think he may have been roosting in there overnight and was startled by my arrival causing him to fly toward what he thought was the escape route. Fortunately, we were able to remove the vent, with him in it, and he flew away un-harmed. I’d like to think he’s the Daddy!