May 27 2013
Just because the red-tailed hawks didn’t nest this year on the Panther Hollow Bridge doesn’t mean they didn’t nest at all. This year they’re over by the golf course, a short flight from the bridge but conceptually far for us land mammals who must walk or drive around the Phipps Run valley.
Gregg Diskin photographed the family at their nest this weekend. One of the two babies is already stretching his wings. Click on the image above to see more baby pictures.
A few weeks ago Gregg also photographed one of the adults gathering food … really weird food … pizza.
I remember seeing that pizza at the Westinghouse picnic shelter as I walked to work one morning. The picnickers had carefully put the pizza in the garbage but the raccoons had pulled it out and scattered it. Lots of it! I put it in the garbage again.
The hawk found the pizza long before I did. I’m amazed he picked up a slice and carried it to a light pole.
Gregg has more photos of the pizza episode here.
I wonder if the hawk offered pizza to his family…?
(photos by Gregory Diskin)