The hawks are continuing to grow. They have grown from babies to teenagers in just a week's time it seems. They have been getting braver and will walk out on the branches a little way.
"What are you looking at?"
Their grownup feathers are coming in.....
although not all at the same rate. This bird is still quite white.
The nest is getting smaller by the day.
Yesterday a combination of crowded nest plus maybe a little foolhardy bravery resulted in this little guy falling to the ground, which he was not too happy about.
He looked smaller on the ground than when he was up in the tree. And you can see that it's too early for him to be flying -- all his good feathers are not in yet.
After consulting with some bird experts, my neighbor (who does know about the nest) took this little guy to a raptor center where they are equipped to take good care of him. There was no way to put the bird back in the nest and the bird guy said that it was possible the other birds had pushed him out to start with, since he seemed a little smaller than the others.
They are red-shouldered hawks. And we were wrong about the number of babies: instead of three, there were four. NOW there are three. Yesterday evening the mama brought them a pretty good sized snake to eat. I think she did notice that someone was missing, and in the wild that probably would have been the end of this little guy, but now he's being well taken care of.
Let's hope the rest of them make it out of the nest with no more drama.