I was unaware that we were granted the pleasure of having another Red Tail Hawk Fledgling (almost grown) until it was too late. The photo above was from another time..... another baby, but yesterday with heavy heart we found the remains of another beautiful baby laying in our side yard, the coyotes had found it sometime during the night. Even the circle of life can leave the heart heavy. The fledglings are on the ground for a couple of weeks while they learn how to survive on their own. The Parents still take care of the basic food needs, as they encourage them to start fending for themselves slowly.
Last night I came home a lil earlier from the lake then the rest of my family and as usual the only thing worth watching was on PBS. They were doing a documentary of the Red Tale Hawks of 5th Avenue in New York City. There is a male who is graced with the name of "Pale Male" He has fathered over 23 chicks and is on to his 4th mate. I do not know what happened to number 1 or 2 but 3 had died as the result of eating a poisoned pigeon. Red Tail Hawks are natures way of keeping down the population of pigeons but because pigeons are so abundant, especially in the big cities.......people who are not fans of them..... poison them, and unfortunately which ever animal chooses to feast on the dead pigeon, they themselves become victims of the poison.
Every year people flock to Central Park in New York City to watch the mated pair and their offspring. It is becoming somewhat of a festival......a hawk festival and I can understand the reason why. When you live in or near a big metropolitan area, the only time you get exposed to any kind of wild life is at the local zoo, so when you are blessed with the smallest of window of the animals in the wild, it is something to rejoice in.......something to be in awe of.
I spent most of my growing up years right outside of Chicago's city limits and I would get excited over a wild rabbit crossing my path, now that I have a family of my own, we chose to move even farther away from the city were at least we have lots of greenery and wild life. I have had the honor of seeing Deer, Coyotes, Red Foxes, Owls Hawks, Raccoons and Opossums frolicking through our yards. My kids know this to always be a special and privileged honor to watch them in the wild. The joy in getting just a small peek into their lives always leaves me in awe, and the natural order of survival has to be respected just as much........ Even though it pains my heart when I bare witness to it.