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. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Monday, May 24, 2010

urban birdwatchers

urban bird watchers

What's all the commotion at the Fresh Pond Mall? A big sale? Not. A new store? Not. The young Redtail hawks in the nest on top of the building next to Trader Joe's are about to fledge! Its seriously messing up the traffic.

There are two chicks in the nest now. And when Skippy and I were watching on Sunday (along with 50 or 60 other fanatics), both Redtail parents came to check on the kids. Dad brought a bit of dinner and left it in the nest, then flew to the top of the building to watch the birdwatchers. Then Mom came into the nest and seemed to be eating her share first. I was told by a woman by a scope who had been there all day that they are very well fed chicks.

What excitement!

urban bird watchers 2 hawk nest 3
hawk nest 1

Added later:
Since some people commenting seemed worried about these unnatural conditions, below is a photo of the view these birds have to the west. They are right across the street from Fresh Pond in Cambridge, which actually is a very nice, very large, and very fresh pond. Its the Cambridge drinking water reservoir and is surrounded by beautiful fields and woods with lots of biodiversity.

Fresh Pond

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Blogger Kelly said...

I love that these birds have adapted to their environment, which seems so urban to me down here in "farm-land".

May 24, 2010 1:34 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Yes, isn't it great.

May 24, 2010 2:37 PM

Blogger Q said...

Hope that they make a nice home out of that. Makes a little worried each time I see birds try to setup in uncommon territory.

May 24, 2010 3:15 PM

Blogger Daphne said...

Last time I was out there I noticed the nest, but didn't see any chicks. It was a few weeks back though.

May 24, 2010 3:24 PM

Blogger Donna J Chick said...

Thanks so much for sharing!

May 24, 2010 3:47 PM

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

That's wonderful! Do you follow the online adventures of the NYC redtailed hawks? Amazing photos.

May 24, 2010 3:54 PM


You got off some good shots of the birds and nest. I am sorry though that our wildlife has to set up their nesting site in such a concrete area. The name of the mall -- Fresh Pond -- probably had the birds confused -- they were thinking it was a nature preserve. -- barbara

May 24, 2010 3:56 PM

Blogger Dan said...

Interesting spot for a nest! I've heard of Falcons nesting on city buildings but not Hawks.

May 24, 2010 11:42 PM


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