Watch Red-tailed Hawk Family Nest on Camera from North Texas Highway – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Watch the video below – but be warned, it might be dinner time.
Once again, red-tailed hawks have nested near a TxDOT camera in Irving, giving North Texans a rare, up-close view of baby hawks hatching and being fed.
The State Highway 114 Camera at Rochelle Boulevard has housed a family of hawks dating back to at least 2016. According to Preservationtree.com, it’s common for a family of hawks to use the same nesting location year after year.
From time to time we’ll broadcast the same stream below – but be warned, while most of the time you’ll see a hawk and her cute chick, mom and dad might also be feeding their eyas rats, rabbits, or whatever or else they grab and tear for dinner. Hawks are known to also eat squirrels, snakes, bats, frogs and other birds – you never know what’s for dinner.
Eyas is the name of a featherless (featherless) nestling hawk not yet ready to fly. Eyas can fledge 6 to 7 weeks after hatching, according to audubon.org, but are not capable of strong flight for a few more weeks after that.
If you see a traffic report in the feed above, the hawks will be back soon. If our feed isn’t active above, the best way to see the baby hawk is on the TxDOT website (click here). When the camera isn’t monitoring traffic conditions, it faces the new family.
A family of red-tailed hawks nested on the Texas Department of Transportation traffic camera on State Highway 114 and Rochelle West in Irving.