HK Builds His Nest

HK Builds His Nest

Sunday, February 15, 2015

HK, a squirrel, and a touch of Sterling. February 14, 2015.

The weather is crazy here in VA Beach. Temps in the 20's to 50's with the forecast for teens made me get to Honey Bee. HK was very busy. The water sources were mostly frozen, so HK turned to a furry critter (squirrel) for sustenance. HK brought it to the nest tree.

And took it into the nest. And then out again.

He sat on a branch adjacent to the nest.

Although I didn't mean to, I probably was too close and HK left abruptly. I was able to relocate him several minutes later, eating the squirrel on another tree on the golf course. This time, I kept my distance.

It took HK about 25 minutes to finish that squirrel. After that meal, he cleaned off his beak, a process called feaking.

HK provided several in flight opportunities.....I was thrilled!

 I lost track of HK for a while, but eventually he showed up back at his nest, doing some nestorations.

 HK again disappeared for a time and I had called it a day, when I spotted him and Sterling on the Osprey nest tower.

They didn't stay long. Sterling left first.

I was so entralled with watching Sterling that I missed HK's take off.
But, they did fly off together.