Most zookeepers love Spring- for the warm weather, plant growth, but most of all- the changes they see in their animals. Here at ZooAmerica, we see Spring in many ways: prairie dogs finally emerge from their burrows, reptiles get their appetites back, courtship rituals among paired animals, nest building, loud vocalizations and many more!
Today, one of the red-tailed hawks was trying to build a nest on the ground. Wild red-tail hawks usually build their nests in trees, on cliffs or artificial ledges. There is an excellent tree for nesting in their exhibit, but they may have chosen the ground because they are not able to fly. There are branches leading up to the tree, so they can still perch. Each bird came to the zoo because of injuries sustained in the wild.
The hawks were given a variety of materials to help them build a more complete nest (their favorite is pine branches):
A good nest could take a week to build, and these birds are well on their way! For more signs of Spring at ZooAmerica, check out our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ZooAmerica