Is incubation underway at downtown Holyoke’s Red-tailed Hawk nest?

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

Both hawks were on the nest when I first checked this morning before dawn, but one soon left to perch atop a nearby utility pole.

The remaining hawk — the female, I think — stayed behind, sitting very low on the nest. Then, she sat up high for just a minute or two before settling back down even lower than before.

This afternoon, she was still on the nest, her head barely visible in the tangle of branches.

Did she lay an egg this morning? Are there others? I’m hoping to figure that out over the next few days.

Red-tails will usually lay one to five eggs. Last year we saw two chicks hatch downtown, with three more over at the MacKenzie Field nest (which was also occupied when I checked yesterday morning).

If incubation began today, we’re likely to see chicks downtown between about April 11 and April 18.

  1. Marcia said:

    Where is this nest? I work in Holyoke and would love to see it. You mentioned Lyman Terrace in one of your previous posts, but I haven’t been able to find it on a map.

    • Marcia –

      I’ll shoot you an email. I’m a little reluctant to widely publicize the exact location until a little later in the nesting season, as this is a pretty delicate time for the birds.

      – GS

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