On May 23rd. we were working in our garden, cleaning up along the edge of our dog fence. There we spotted a baby hawk chick. Apparently, she had fallen or was blown from her nest in a tall pine tree by the strong winds that blew a few days earlier. Kate called Wildlife Images and was given some ideas on how to take care of the baby Red Tail Hawk.
We put some fir branches and leaves in a plastic basket, gathered up the baby hawk and placed her in her new nest (the basket), and hung it in a madrone tree. In less than an hour the baby started calling for its parents. Soon after, mom hawk arrived with some food. We watched as both parents took their turns coming to the nest and feeding baby.
Picture number three was taken from about 100 ft. away near our horse barn. I set my camera on the tripod and waited until almost sundown to snap this image of baby. Picture four is father hawk waiting nearby on the branch of an oak tree. Picture five is mother hawk feeding her baby. They brought all kinds of delicious things to eat, like mouse, gopher, bird and snake. The last picture was taken on June 2nd. Baby hawk is growing and shows more dark feathers. Her facial features are looking more like a hawk than a baby.
We had to leave her now as we had a 10 day trip to California planned. We returned on June 12th, the very day baby hawk fledged. We missed the excitement but our neighbors Norm and Judy, who were feeding our cats, saw her in the morning. She was stretching up high in her nest and spreading her wings. Now, on June 15th. we can hear her persistent calling from high in the 120 ft. pine and fir forest at the back in our property. When her parents bring her more food, of course, all is quiet. (She continued calling through the end of August. Now, I think, she is hunting food on her own.)