Two more days until the official start of spring, and I can’t wait. Not just because winter in New England has been one of the snowiest and coldest in years, or because I’m sick and tired of being cooped up in the house, but because two red-tailed hawks who made my yard their home five years ago will be back. Not that they ever leave for long, but they begin breeding in March, so they’re around full-time now.
Their nest is in a tree about fifty feet above the ground in the wooded area at the side of my house. Their eggs will be laid later this month, then a little over thirty days after that, the chicks will hatch. They’ll begin to fly about a month and a half later.
I love to watch the parents teach the baby hawks some skills, like learning to swoop. There was one time, though, that I held my breath while one of the babies dove down so fast, it almost hit the ground.
The female likes to perch on a branch on the tree just outside my kitchen window, giving me a great view. Last year I bought binoculars to get an even closer look at the gorgeous bird.
I’d be sad if they left, but since hawks mate for life, like to use the same nest year after year, and have a life span of about twenty years, I don’t think I have anything to worry about for a long time.
What do you love about spring?
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