It is mid August and for the last five months my hawks have been hog fat. They've been up for breeding, but apparently I didn't accommodate them with the right mood music. They've been down in their weathering area and I have been pretty much leaving them alone while they molt.
The molt is about done. If you look closely at the tail feathers of Gonzo, the last few tail feathers are just about grown in.
Squirrel season doesn't open until mid October, but it is time to start watching the hawks weight.
Neither bird will come to the fist right now for food, so I need to start cutting their food intake. Once they get to a point that they will start snatching at the fist, I will snag one and start weighing them.
I would like to start car hawking Gonzo by mid September. This will get him into shape for squirrels in October.
In the meantime, I need to get out all my nets and B.C. s and start checking them over. Trapping is about a month away and school starts in two weeks, limiting my time. Things should start to get interesting here real soon.