A Broad-Winged Hawk has renovated and taken up summer residence in an old raptors’ nest in the nearby woods. She’ll soon conduct summer camp for her fledglings, which may number up to five. They’ll learn to hunt in the dense woods and field edges, where they’ll develop tastes for frogs, toads, snakes, small rodents, and large insects. In the fall, they’ll instinctively head for Central and South America.

However, right now, these potential campers are incased in shells beneath their still and well-camouflaged mother. She innately knows that danger surrounds her – raccoons, porcupines, owls, hawks, and crows around here prey upon nested eggs and fledglings. (Brooklin, Maine)