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Franklin Institute’s Red-Tailed Hawks Return For More Nesting In Center City Philadelphia

(Image captured from the Franklin Institute's "Hawk Cam.")

(Image captured from the Franklin Institute’s “Hawk Cam.”)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Two eggs are now being scrutinized by nature experts — and by thousands of nature fans via the Internet — as a pair of red-tailed hawks settle in for a third straight nesting season at the Franklin Institute, just off Logan Circle in Philadelphia.

The hugely popular red-tailed hawks are back for a third year in a row on a third-floor ledge outside a window of the Franklin Institute, overlooking the Benjamin Franklin Parkway near 20th Street.

Avid web watchers are hoping to see at least one more egg this year, in addition to the two already laid.

The female is now incubating the eggs, and the eyases (hatchlings) should appear in about four or five weeks.

“This is a good indication of animals adapting to an urban environment, where there’s plenty of food,” says  Dennis Wint, president and CEO of the Franklin Institute.  “There’s plenty of food around here with pigeons and other things.”

You can watch the hawks nest online at fi.edu/hawks.  There’s also a new video about the first two years of the hawks.

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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