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Thursday, June 08, 2017

Eagle Raises Red-tailed Hawk baby Sidney


 An Eagle couple is raising a Red-tailed hawk baby in its nest in Sidney, B.C! Only on Vancouver Island....

This is weird, wonderful and wild!  In Sidney there is a nest where an eagle has a Red-tailed hawk baby in it and they are feeding it. If you click on the pictures they get much larger.
I think the nest has been there for many years but they never have had a Red-tailed hawk baby in it.  There are a few reports of this happening over the years but I think only two or three times before, not many times.  (This pesky crow is always dive bombing the eagle).
No one seems to know how the hawk baby got to the nest.  One resident said she noticed it about 12 days ago.  It will need to survive for two more weeks before it is ready to go.
The nest has three eaglets in it!  They are huge and the hawk baby is really tiny.  Possibly the eagle parents could have brought the hawk baby in as food and when it started to cry to be fed, their maternal instincts came in and they started to feed it. The pictures above and one below show the large eaglets in the nest.
Or the eagles could have brought in a Red-tail hawk as food and then the hawk laid the egg and somehow it was able to hatch.  This theory has so many hardships though for the hawk to survive.
There must be a good food source there or the eaglets will look at the hawk baby as food. In the pictures above you can just barely see the hawk baby.  I can't hold my long lens anymore as I am not strong enough so these are all taken with my little Panasonic.

So the eagles have taken a Red-tailed hawk baby under their WING!  We are at the letter "w" this week for the ABC Links. Weird Wonderful Wacky!

I have some video I took but without the tripod and only with my little Panasonic so I did not do well, sorry the quality is not good.  I will put some links to other videos of the nest at the end.












Links to stories and videos:
News Story CTV News
Times Colonist Story
Vancouver Sun Story
Video of Nest
Another Video of Nest

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Thank you to these meme hosts for allowing bloggers to share their story.  Click on these links to find great blogs and photos. This post is for these wonderful bloggers:
The Bird D'Pot  Sunday Thank you Hootin' Anni
MacroMonday 2 Thank you to Gemma Magical Mystical Teacher
The tiny hawk is my Macro!
Nature Notes Tuesday Thank you to Ramblingwoods
Our World Tuesday  Thank you to the Our World Team
Wild Bird Wednesday Thank you to Stewart
ABC Wednesday   Thank you to Mrs. Nesbitt and the Team
Weird, Wonderful and Wild for the letter "w" this week.




HAVE A GREAT WEEK BLOGGERS AND BIRDERS!!

19 comments:

  1. Hello, fantastic post and photos on the eagles and the nest. The eaglets and hawk baby are cool. It is great to see the Eagles doing so well. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and weekend ahead

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  2. That is so NEAT, Nora.... However the little Hawk got there, I'm happy that the Eagles are nursing it until it is on its own... Such a wonderful story of love... Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  3. That is a most unusual situation. It will be interesting to see of the hawk baby survives.

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  4. Today I heard from a resident that there were actually two Red-tailed hawk babies in the nest at first, I am not sure about it as I have not seen a picture of two of them.

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  5. This is quite unusual! I hope the hawk continues to do well.

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  6. That's so interesting! What a find!

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  7. What an interesting story. I do wonder how the hawk got in the nest as well, truly amazing if it was brought in as food and then survived.

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  8. Weird, Wonderful, Wacky and Wondrously Wowing us!! Incredible. I hope it survives...as the three eaglets.

    Amazing Nora. I'm sure glad you linked up and shared this with us at I'd Rather B Birdin' this weekend.

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  9. This is really a remarkable story. I hope the baby hawk survives his time in the nest.

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  10. This is very interesting. I didn't know that raptors did this sort of things. Thanks for the great story and photos.

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  11. That is so cool!!! and so interesting

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  12. Nature sure is amazing!

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  13. Wonderful post, photos and videos of a loving story of the red hawk baby being taken care of by eagles ~ fascinating ~ ^_^

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  14. gorgeous. you're so lucky.

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  15. lots of wings!
    ROG, ABCW

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  16. Oh wow what a wonderful treat! Thank you so much.

    Have a ♥-warming welcome ABC-day / week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)
    Preview Round 21, starting july 12th

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  17. Oh dear... I don't watch nest cams anymore...too stressful... I hope the hawk baby survives, but it seems like a long shot.... Michelle

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  18. I've never heard of an eagle raising a baby hawk! How interesting. Fabulous photos. Hope you have a wonderful week!

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