This spring I observed a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) nest from the start of the breeding season until one young hawk (of two original chicks) appeared about to fledge (leave the nest) last week. The juvenile now sits outside of its nest. I do not know how long it will be before this youngster goes off on its own. So I will share one final picture of “my baby” with the knowledge that the red-tailed hawk pair successfully raised one offspring this season.
Now each time I see a juvenile red-tailed hawk soaring overhead I will wonder if it might be the one I saw grow up. Next spring and a new nest to watch will be here before I know it.