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Fri Jun 12, 2020, 05:48 PM

A red shouldered hawk fledgling has been screaming just outside all afternoon

The parents are around and it keeps screaming for food - I'm not sure if they are still feeding it. It's in an oak tree, about 20 feet outside the upstairs room where my husband keeps his computer and it's driving him up the wall.

I got some pictures, but I have to do something to my website to be able to post them here. Maybe I can get it done tomorrow.

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Fri Jun 12, 2020, 05:53 PM

1. Well, get out there and feed it! No, just kidding! I wonder if the parents are trying to get the

little one to leave the nest finally or to learn how to fly? Good luck (and by the way, how neat!).

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 12, 2020, 05:59 PM

3. We've been watching the red shouldered hawks on this property for over forty years

They used to hang around with the fledglings just outside the barns in the morning. When we walk in to feed the horses, the wrens and mice would go out and the hawks would get meals.

When my bird feeders and bird baths are set up, the hawks will hang out in the oak tree where the fledgling is now and stoop on the birds at the feeder or bird bath. It's pretty startling to have a hawk swoop down that close to the window!

I got shots of the nest in a live oak just a bit farther away - I'm not sure if it is a hawk or a squirrel nest. I just wish the red shoulder hawks were big enough to reduce the squirrel population a bit more.

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Fri Jun 12, 2020, 05:56 PM

2. Maybe they are distancing too.

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Response to Doreen (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 12, 2020, 06:00 PM

4. LOL - Mama has been screaming back from down in the lower pasture

I'm sure she is ready to distance from this grown ass youngster!

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Response to csziggy (Reply #4)

Fri Jun 12, 2020, 06:05 PM

5. Is baby at 2 year old stage or hormonal teenager stage?

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Response to Doreen (Reply #5)

Fri Jun 12, 2020, 06:30 PM

7. From his demands, about preteen stage

Close to fully grown but not wanting to lift a flight feather and willing to cry about it!

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Response to csziggy (Reply #7)

Fri Jun 12, 2020, 06:32 PM

8. I am LOL right now.

It's embarrassing because I am sitting in a laundromat.

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Fri Jun 12, 2020, 06:23 PM

6. They stop feeding the young after a point though the

fledglings protest and call for food even when they parents won't bring them any. It'l last a few days to a week and that should be it.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #6)

Fri Jun 12, 2020, 06:36 PM

9. I know - eventually they have to hunt on their own and find their own territory

I sort of wonder if the one calling from the lower pasture is a sibling rather than Mama. Usually the only time we hear this much noise from the red shoulders is when they are mating, with two or three males following a female around. That is mostly because that is when we have our windows open.

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