These photographs were taken by the Maintenance crew at Upper Darby High School. The high school is less than a mile to the east of Drexel Hill Middle School (subject of Part 1).
See the nest behind the lights? The maintenance crew decided to “wait on Mama” to finish rearing her young before they could repair the lightning damage. The inset is another juvenile. It seems that these Red-tails are making the most of this human habitat, and they probably help manage rodent populations at the schools!
- How many hawks do you think this suburban habitat can support? (See below for aerial view of the area, which includes three school, two large cemeteries, and a wooded stream corridor)
Hats off to the maintenance crew for their patient approach! Hopefully the kids, school staff and larger community will have the opportunity to observe these birds for years to come.
For an idea of what this human habitat looks like, here’s a view from the sky:
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For information pertaining to food, nesting habits, behavior, calls and more I suggest you try this resource: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-tailed_Hawk/lifehistory