Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Soggy, but still on the nest

After 8 INCHES of rain over the last few days, New York City hawk Pale Male and his mate Lola are still tending to their nest as if everything is A-OK. The chicks should hatch in a week or two if all goes well. Meanwhile, more rain, and possibly snow, is forecasted for tonight.

Less encouraging bird news in Colorado Springs. I belief the local great blue herons have given up their rookery along Fountain Creek. Yesterday I only saw two nesting birds there and today I saw three. In years past there have been over 50. There could be several causes: cold weather, a nearby red-tail hawk, and the expansion of a mulching business at the foot of the rookery. I'm finding out more. I may write a story on it.

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