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Rufous and Henrietta Hawk

Chapter 19

Family Dinner

June 13: Family Dinner

Later in the evening, around 7:45, I looked out of a window at the front of the house and saw a bird flutter up to the live oak beside nest tree. The awkward manner of its landing made me wonder if it could be one of the fledgling hawks, so I went outside to take a look. I could hear little hawks calling from all around eee-eww eee-eww and there was a great rush for the nest. A food delivery had just been made!

I hurried back inside for my camera, and was able to capture this video of part of the meal. Thanks to Patticake98 and Dixnora for helping to decipher the video. We see five hawks: Two of the hawks have tails toward the camera, bobbing up and down as they eat their food; two of the hawks are on branches outside the nest; and a fifth hawk's tail can be seen on the other side of the nest, bobbing up and down -- this would be Henrietta, helping to feed her little ones.

The two hawks outside the nest may be Matey and Stow, the smallest and youngest of the brood. It is usual for the larger raptor chicks to eat first, and the little ones get what's left. Hopefully there will be plenty for all. They seem to be doing very well!

Continue to Chapter 20: Out of Nest Tree