Today July 3rd 2013, F2 one of the baby hawks died after flying into a glass window at nearby Moore College. It has been a very sad day for all of the Franklin Hawkaholics who have photographed and followed these hawks so faithfully for years, months and days.
................I am following the story of the Franklin Institute Hawk family as they grow from three little eyasees (referred to affectionately by those of us who follow them daily as 'bobbles') to fully matured masters of the sky!
The young hawks are about 3 weeks old in the first few pictures, as they stand and check out the world below...waiting always for Mom & T2 (Dad) (Formel and Tiercel) to visit with food and feed them. The 3rd bobble is 4 days younger than his siblings and still stays nestled down much of the day. In the later pictures the hawks are now 'Juvies' (47 days) almost ready to fledge, as they step onto the ledge next to the nest and 'wingercize' (flap their wings & stretch) frequently during the day. Peanut, the youngest and smallest eyass was the first to fledge. He flew first to the nearest tree, and then on to the roof of the building next door...where he stayed all day. Early the next day the female twin flew to T2's tree, who was across the way, on the FI wall watching, where she floundered a bit on a weak limb, and soon landed on the sidewalk below. She was able to get up after awhile and fly back into the tree. All of us watching this fascinating scenario were happily relieved. Now we wait for the 3rd hawk to fledge, and hopefully soon Mom will stop by with food and encouragement. The third juvie has fledged! and he is quite a beauty as he still tries to compose himself in the sycamore tree nearest to the FI. The now 'experienced' Juvies, fly from tree to nearby roofs, testing their skill, as Mom and T2 continue to keep a hawk eye on them and bring food.