They grow up fast.
Just last Sunday the chicks in the Red-tailed Hawk nest on Race Street were still little balls of down, with wings that hardly hinted at the broad silhouettes we’ll see soaring overhead in the coming months.
Today, though, they looked eager to take flight. One chick appears to be a little older and a little bolder than the other — preferring to hang out at the edge of the nest, taking in the view and even doing a classic head bob when it spotted a squirrel several dozen yards away on the sidewalk. The chick’s wings have grown in over the past week, and this morning it even managed a tiny lift off as it gave them several strong flaps:
I only saw one of the adults this morning — probably the female. She was sitting at the edge of a building at Open Square when I arrived, but she soon hopped over to a nearby tree, ripped off a leafy branch, and brought it over to the nest. She did this twice while I was there.
A few photos of her below: