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Video: Smallest Hawk (Last Hawk) Leaves Nest On UW Campus

June 7, 2012

The third and smallest of the family of Red-Tailed Hawks nesting on the roof of Weeks Hall on the UW-Madison campus finally left the nest today, a few days after his siblings.

While I am very glad to see a healthy bird take off from the nest, I also admit to feeling a bit sad.  Over the past weeks while working on the computer I would have a window open to watch the comings and goings of this nest.  From white puffs of down-like feathers to then growing talons that helped hold animals while ever-stronger beaks learned to shredded rabbit meat from bone–they were a joy to see grow up.

I had wondered how the feeding would go for this smallest hawk still in the nest, but was hopeful things would go smoothly.  I noticed at some point this afternoon a partly consumed rabbit was in the nest, and was so pleased that the smallest of the three was getting food.   Late this afternoon Mother Nature lured the hawk to the edge of the nest and into the wonders of flight.

With that new beginning I am sure on behalf of all those who shared this story we say “Fly High and Strong”.

I want to say a very sincere thanks to the folks at UW-Madison who provided the camera that allowed for such a story to unfold day after day from Weeks Hall, near the Atmospheric, Oceanic & Space Sciences building.  As noted by a cam watcher who tweeted on the site, and I post here with strong seconding of these sentiments…..THANK YOU to SSEC and AOS for providing the resources for this experience during a budget crunch. Badgers rock!

One Comment
  1. June 8, 2012 8:50 AM

    ‘Tis a sad day to watch the last little one leave the nest. I have spent countless hours watching as they grew..what great entertainment in today’s troubled world! There is a whole new group of saddened “Empty Nesters” today.

    I join Gregory and others in saying Thank You to SSEC and AOS ! It’s wonderful that you provide this service.

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