Monday, December 22, 2014

Hawk web stars hatch chicks

Talk about cute. Talk about an up close and personal view. The red-tailed hawks that have taken up residence on a third-floor ledge of the Franklin Institute have hatched two of their three eggs.

Hawk web stars hatch chicks

The red-tailed hawks that have taken up residence on a third-floor ledge of the Franklin Institute have hatched two of their three eggs.
The red-tailed hawks that have taken up residence on a third-floor ledge of the Franklin Institute have hatched two of their three eggs.

Sorry, employers of the region, but prepare for worker productivity to go down and web views to go up.

The red-tailed hawks that have taken up residence on a third-floor ledge of the Franklin Institute have hatched two of their three eggs.  In all likelihood, the third will hatch sometime later today.  Streaming video of their feeding this morning is below.

Talk about cute. Talk about an up close and personal view.

Last year, the first year the hawks nested there, the Institute was able to set up a web cam that made the hawk pair and their three young stars of the internet. Thousands of people worldwide clicked in to watch their daily activities.

More coverage

A Franklin Hawkaholics Facebook group as emerged.  A local woman, Della Micah, started a popular blog, and Kate Meng began shooting and posting photos that wowed the birds' fans.

This year, it's Season Two, and here's a story from earlier this year about the "popular avian reality show." There's plenty to watch as the young birds gradually get bigger and fluffier and feast on dead rodents and such that their parents bring to the nest. (Those who are squeamish, be prepared for guts and gore.) Last year, the young took their first flight on June 3.

Stay tuned. 

 

Sandy Bauers Inquirer GreenSpace Columnist
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GreenSpace is about environmental issues and green living. Bauers also writes a biweekly GreenSpace column about environmental health issues for the Inquirer’s Sunday “Health” section.

Sandy Bauers is the environment reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she has worked for more than 20 years as a reporter and editor. She lives in northern Chester County with her husband, two cats, a large vegetable garden and a flock of pet chickens.

Reach Sandy at sbauers@phillynews.com.

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