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Two Fascinating Raptor Videos

(by Chris Martin)

The first shows what appears to be a 4 week old Red-tailed Hawk chick in the nest with an eight week old Bald Eagle chick (pictured above). The size difference is truly astonishing, and it’s hard to explain how these two youngsters of different ages could end up together in the nest. It’s quite unlikely the eagles incubated this egg to hatching weeks after the eagle chick hatched, so it seems most likely that the hawk chick was brought into the nest alive (either accidentally or on purpose) by an adult eagle, and has somehow survived since.

See a video of the nest, courtesy of Cheryl Mrozienski, who monitors eagles for NH Audubon as well as loons for Loon Preservation Committee.

The second is an interesting video from June 3 of a common Peregrine Falcon behavior that is rarely caught on video … a food pass or prey transfer from the adult male to the adult female, and then subsequent delivery of the food by the female to the nest ledge:

Manchester, NH Peregrine Falcon – Food Pitch and Catch in mid air 20210603 – YouTube

This video was edited by NH Audubon Falcon Fan Yu. Yu has produced many highlight videos of activity at the Brady Sullivan nest site.

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