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Red-Tailed Hawk



Prior to fledging (first flight - generally to a different tree), raptors will quite often "branch."  Branching is merely short hops or flights within the nest tree.  Young hawks normally branch for 7-10 days before actual fledging takes place.  Hawks typically fledge 42-48 days after they are born, which means branching usually takes place around day 32 after hatching.  If our young hawks are on schedule, they should begin branching around May 25th.  

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