Ok – despite the fact that we got another 4 inches of snow today (and we didn’t even get rid of all of that last one yet), the red tailed hawk pair is back. While feeding the buffs, one of them soared over my head carrying sticks to their nest at the east end of the ranch. The red tails have a couple of nests on the ranch that they alternate their use of (as do many raptors) and this year it looks like they’re going to use their “sidewinder” nest site (we don’t have sidewinders in Montana- the drainage is named for a narrow winding 4 wheel drive road with a steep drop off as it climbs the moutainside. Those of you who have been here undoubtedly remember it vividly. It’s an experience.). Actually, I’m cheating – the pics are from last year -if you look in the nest, you’ll see a chick that won’t be born for a month or two! I’m so glad to have our “neighbors” coming back – it makes spring seem more real around here!
Red Tailed Hawks are back and “nest repairing”. April 13, 2010