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.