Hi all,

I spent several hours on the past 2 mornings video-recording the Red-tailed 
Hawks nesting below the bridge below Fall Creek on Stewart Avenue. The 
youngsters are getting really big now, and one at least was vigorously 
exercising its wings this morning.  Interestingly, one of the adults continues 
to bring sticks to the nest, and yesterday morning arrived with a leafy bough 
as large as he/she was! My understanding of this behavior is that green leaves 
are chosen for their insecticidal or anti-pathogenic properties, for nest 
hygiene. When I looked at my video closely, I discovered that the green plant 
was in fact hemlock.

Is there any other reason the hawk may be doing this?


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