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.READ MORE: 'There's A Lot Of Ghosts In Here': CBS3 Spends Evening In Believed-To-Be Haunted Neshaminy Creekside Inn
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.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Ahjaon Jackson Shot, Killed While Coming Home From Work With Twin Sister, Philadelphia Police Say
“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.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Community Still Wants 'Real Justice' For Walter Wallace Jr. A Year After Fatal Police Shooting