This was instinct behavior. Instinct behavior is defined as the inherent inclination of a living organism toward a particular behavior. This was a tree that "marked" their territory by their white droppings. The nest was in a different tree. When we looked at the tree that the hawks were on it was clearly the white-washed perching tree. We walked back into the woods and found the nest. The hawks were too young to see. This was so exciting.
Two years ago, we had found a nest of Sharp-shinned Hawks about one mile away. We happened upon it by accident when we were riding our bikes and I didn't have a camera. What was neat about it was the two young hawks were old enough to walk out of the nest of twigs and onto the branches. They were jumping around branch to branch but were still too young to fly the nest entirely. Last year, I check out the same tree and there wasn't any nest there. This week we rode down and found that they were indeed building another nest!
I took my camera down this week to see if I could get a photo without getting dive bombed by the parent hawk which they are known to do. I don't know what I'd do if they did dive bomb me. I can't carry a camera, and an umbrella while riding a bike but I thought I'd take my chances and left the umbrella at home. As I pulled up I saw the Postman standing behind his jeep. I'm presuming he was taking a leak but I can't be for sure as he quickly came out from behind the jeep and said he was moving one of the trays of mail from the back to the front. OK I didn't care I wasn't looking for snakes, just looking for hawks.
|Great Crested Flycatcher|
Tonight we got our first good photo of the Eastern Screech Owl. I'm hoping that he/she finds a partner. I think it's a male as we learned that males gain status by one of four things: color, a song, food and/or a house. Well he's moved in and has a house! He has color too, he's an absolutely beautiful bright orange.
The whole family event of building the nest, the father feeding the mother as she lays on the eggs and both of the parents taking turns all day long catching bugs and feeding the babies is a miracle to watch. And it's just instinct. They just know what to do. I think sometimes that birds have more instincts of love for their offspring than humans. I've had experiences with human parents of young "offspring children" on one Easter Sunday that clearly was something other than instinct.
|4 Baby Titmice|