The first of the Hawklets flew from the nest for the first time this evening. We think it was a free flight not an accidental fall. Can’t tell as the poor thing still has a few of its baby pin feathers visible. When I first approached he flew about 10 feet so I zoomed in with the telephoto. Then he took off again and flew into the neighbors garage door with a big thump. He looked a little dazed. The parental units were watching it and us very closely so I think all will be well with the little bugger. Will keep you posted.
Hard to believe I get one nesting pair of hawks on my street, even cooler that I get two. I missed the rat feast yesterday where several in the ‘hood saw one of the adults pull a big rat off the electric wires. Hunting season is going to be good around here this year for them!