While eagles normally fledge the nest at about 12-13 weeks of age, Red-tail hawks fledge at about 8 weeks. And on June 22, Spunky the Red-tailed hawk made a successful fledge! Many wondered if the little hawk would come back to the nest where it could continue to be fed by the eagles until it developed hunting skills of its own, and, to the delight of everyone, Spunky did indeed return, and was fed!
7/16/17: LittleEagle (aka Spunky) continues to thrive. He (she?) is still being cared for by the parent eagles, and has developed an eagle-like affinity for fish.
David Hancock, of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation, has been documenting this story with blogs and video.
More photos and information – from Natural Images Canada