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Greg Dodge is a professional naturalist as well as a writer, videographer and producer of natural history DVDs. His images have been used in various TV productions, museum displays, and corporate videos. Above all, he has a fascination and passion for all things natural.
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Still need convincing that spring’s here?

March 7th, 2013

Today!

Is that Lightnin’ and Rocky sneaking a kiss behind a tree in the Farmyard?

Truth is, both Lightning and Rocky are frantically licking the same treat placed on the tree by the Animals Keepers, but they had me going for a minute or two.

Please read on.

Ranger Rock spotted two Red-shouldered Hawks either passing an object between one another, or placing sticks on a potential nest. I’d heard the birds calling from that location just minutes before but passed it off as simply red-shouldereds doing what red-shouldereds do, making a lot of noise. Being curious, though, I went over to investigate.

Here’s what I saw…

One of the hawks appears to be placing something into a nest while the other watches.

Seconds later…

These two Red-shouldered Hawks are engaged in mating.

Seconds after that, one hawk flew off in one direction while the other flew off in another direction, calling loudly as they went.

Spring is in the air…maybe we’ll have some nesting behavior to view in the future. The scene above was within yards of the entrance to Explore the Wild.

Join the conversation:

  1. let’s hope we have hawk and wolf babies this spring!

    Posted by sherrys
  2. Ranger Comment :

    Amen! 10-4! Uh-huh!

    Posted by Greg Dodge
  3. I am surprised that Sarah isnt behind there kissing Lightning as well

    Posted by Jill
  4. How exciting about the hawks, way to be there at the right time Ranger Greg!

    Posted by kimberly
  5. Ranger Comment :

    The day after the photos were taken I saw what I assume was the male at the same location placing something on the nest and calling loudly, as they often do (the nest, by the way, looks to be a squirrels nest). Apparently the male was using the nest as a platform to offer food to the female. This is probably not where they plan to nest (be nice if they did since it’s easily seen from below). The female did not come as beckoned on this occasion, so the male picked up the object in his bill, which was a brown snake, and flew off. A few seconds later he dove down into the pines fifty yards or so to the south where, again I assume, the female was waiting.

    Posted by Greg Dodge

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