4 new Red Shoulders in Willow

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Well today I was able to get a good look in the nest with my scope and I was sure I saw 4 new young. I took my 500 +1.4 on my 1dm2n and set up at a good spot. Light was not good as it was overhead and behind the nest but still the photos show 4 for sure. I was well hidden and using a partial blind from behind my neighbors house and about 90 feet from the nest and uphill from it for a really good view. In cases like this I take the photos and leave ASAP as I don’t want to disturb her from feeding four young
Lou


#1 FF of 4 fighting for a spot in line.
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#2 a little help by blowing to 50%. It's getting harder to get in with the leaves growing so fast now and always a few small branches in the way.
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#3 FF one young with Mom
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#4 again a 50% blow up. Note fly or bug on leave to right top
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#5 The last and it looks like to me it's saying we fooled you, we fooled you we are 4 of a kind. HA,HA,HA
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That's a nice series, Lou! Please keep us update on these little guys!
Thanks Tim, yes I will as I check on them with a scope about every 3 days from the wagon and for a photo about each 10 days at this time and later as they grow a little more often as they are left alone so both parents can hunt.
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I looked at this earlier today and am as jealous as can be! Good stuff Lou! I always enjoy the education your posts provide.
 
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Those look like late chicks, Most hawks have fledged here
I think Gary you will find your area is way ahead of us up here in the North. I have her incubating on April 4 and these take about 33 days but on April 15 we had 16 inches of snow and the nest looked like a white mound but she hung in there. I was afraid the cold would come up through the bottom of the nest as rolling the eggs with all that snow is a problem but she did it and I could not believe she had 4 as I was sure it would be maybe 2 from all that cold. Thanks for the look.
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I looked at this earlier today and am as jealous as can be! Good stuff Lou! I always enjoy the education your posts provide.
Thanks Andy. What you say is what I do as I don't consider myself a good wildlife photographer but good enough to provide the info a photo does for the DEC as they are always interested in all my findings. I have been doing this for them a long time and I really enjoy myself at it. My age is starting to get in my way though.
Lou
 

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