While it's still winter, Red-tailed Hawks across the region are starting to tidy up their nests and get ready for spring. Around Valentine's Day pairs of hawks will begin to copulate followed by brooding in mid to late March.
Today, I caught Pale Male and Octavia working on their Fifth Avenue nest. It always seems like each wants to undo what the other has done, but it always works out. Octavia left the nest first, followed by Pale Male about fifteen minutes later. I was able to catch up to Pale Male in one of his favorite roosting trees at dusk.
Pale Male is on the left and Octavia is on the right. Note his smaller size, lighter color and thinner head. Notice her rounder, wider head, darker color, and rounder eyes with a light lower eye ring.