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Raptor Breeding
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Birds of prey nest early.


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It’s April, but Great Horned Owls have been busy at their nests for two months. Golden Eagles are on their nests as early as the beginning of March. And Red-tailed Hawks begin to lay eggs then, too. Why do these birds of prey nest so early? It takes a long time to raise a baby hawk or owl to the size at which it can fend for itself. Such large birds grow slowly. By nesting so early, these raptors fledge their young by the time spring arrives

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