Red-tailed Hawk (Fall Housework?)

September 28, 2016

I stopped by Tower Grove Park this morning just in time to see a red-tailed hawk collecting limbs, apparently to spruce up an old nest in the park. If you’ve never watched a hawk breaking off huge branches for its nest, you’ve missed a great experience. Hawks are capable of snapping off limbs with little effort, and it is fascinating to watch them take to the air with building materials. I have no idea why a redtail would be conducting such activity in late-September; I’m open to suggestions.



A second image of the busy redtail. I thought you might enjoy seeing its massive talons.

You never know what you might see in St. Louis’ Tower Grove Park. Now would be a great time to check it out because the hawks are busy and neotropical migrants are on the move south. No self-respecting warbler flies past St. Louis without a stop off at TGP to have a drink and a rest.

Thanks for looking,


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6 comments on “Red-tailed Hawk (Fall Housework?)”

  1. Enjoyed the text so much this time. Indeed the Gaddy Garden is a must-stop for all SRW (Self-Respecting Warblers)! I remember the Red-tailed Hawk I saw, having a “light” breakfast,when I went to Forest Park with you. Thank you! As the season slowly picks up in tempo here in Bangalore, I think of you and Joyce very often! Deepa.

    • I wish you would have been there with me this morning (October 3) as the warblers filled every tree.

  2. The talons are huge. Thank you.

  3. I think the red-tailed hawks must have work to do right now, otherwise the GHOW would have to start from scratch! Great pics and as usual, great story!

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