juvenile coopers hawk in the grass The Saga
Rufous and Henrietta Hawk

Chapter 1

Love is in the Air

February 14: Love is in the Air

Itís Valentineís Day, and love is in the air! Rufous and Henrietta both flew into the cypress tree today to announce their return! Itís really good to see them in their old territory, and I canít wait to see where they will decide to build their nest.

Last yearís failed nest is still partially intact, with a substantial platform of sticks that could be refurbished. But every time I pass that tree, my eyes trace the predator path that still exists from base of tree right into the nest itself. I do hope they will not return to this tree. However, I am not about to try and advise Rufous and Henrietta on their choice of a nest location. They have far more experience than I do!

Henrietta watches Rufous from high in the bare branches of the cypress tree.
Henrietta Keeps an Eye on Rufous

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