These photographs document the early stages of nesting for a pair of Red-tailed Hawks in Carrollton, Texas. These two birds are frequently seen together along this treeline. Occasionally, one or the other hawk is seen repairing and enlarging the nest. No eggs have been laid yet. It is not clear whether this is the pair’s first year to nest in this location—although I believe it is likely that it is.

NOTE: This observation is continued here: Red-tailed Hawk – Baylor Nest Update 1

The male and female hawks together.
The male and female hawks together.
The two Red-tailed Hawks are high in the trees to the left.  The nest is in a similar position on the right.
The two Red-tailed Hawks are high in the trees to the left. The nest is in a similar position on the right.
In this picture, the male is perched in one of trees on the left, and the female is on the nest near the right hand side.
In this picture, the male is perched in one of trees on the left, and the female is on the nest near the right hand side.
The female Red-tailed Hawk working on her nest.
The female Red-tailed Hawk working on her nest.
Another view of the female hawk preparing her nest for a soon to be laid clutch of eggs.
Another view of the female hawk preparing her nest for a soon to be laid clutch of eggs.

Observation Details

County Denton
City Carrollton
Date Feb 14, 2013 – Feb 16, 2013
Time of Day Morning
Temperature Cool (50-69°F/10-21°C)
Weather Clear
Habitat Agricultural-Farm
Type of Behavior Nesting
Gender Mixed
Maturity Adult
Observer Chris Jackson
Main Article Red-tailed Hawk Observation Location