This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

more on the alewife hawks

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My parents and I spent a couple hours today watching the beautiful red tail hawk chicks on their nest at the Fresh Pond Mall on Alewife Parkway in Cambridge. There are 3 young birds on the nest, two males and one female. The oldest, the female is 49 days old today. The youngest, a feisty male is 12 days younger.

These young hawks have had nearly full time surveillance by a group of avid hawk-watchers who observe and share all sorts of details on these birds. The chicks have been nick-named Lucy, Larry, and Lucky. Their parents are Buzz and Ruby.

The chicks are very well fed on a diet including squirrels, small rodents, snakes, pigeons, and other small birds. They are also a bit late to fledge - which is the current source of concern for the hawk watchers. When will they fly? Today the older male took a big "jump" and landed on the ledge about 3 or 5 feet above the nest then quickly hopped back into the nest. Does this constitute "fledging"? The consensus was "yes", since he left the nest, however nearby and briefly. But the watchers still eagerly await a more adventuresome flight.

Its a rare treat to watch nature at such close quarters.

You can find tons of other photos of these birds on the web, flickr, and u-tube by searching for alewife hawks.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Zazu Ta said...

They're magnificient!

May 31, 2010 12:31 AM

 
Blogger Penelope said...

Wonderful photos, and what a great opportunity to see these young birds develop.

May 31, 2010 9:13 AM

 
Blogger GoneferalinID said...

Thanks for the hawk pictures!

May 31, 2010 5:25 PM

 
Blogger . . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Such splendid creatures!

June 14, 2010 10:59 PM

 

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