Melissa Nann Burke, The News Journal9:26 a.m. EDT July 14, 2014
A pair of baby raptors, still too young to fly, were safely moved from nest atop piers
(Photo: TRI-STATE BIRD RESCUE )
Red-tail hawks are also protected under federal law, so state officials sought a salvage permit from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
The hope is the fledglings' parents can provide additional support while the juveniles are learning how to hunt
As emergency repairs got underway at the I-495 bridge in Wilmington last month, crews found a surprise nestled 60 feet above the ground within the structure – a pair of baby raptors, still too young to fly.
Their mother had built a stick nest on a steel grate between the concrete pier caps, just below the travel lanes next to the Christina River. It probably seemed like a safe place to raise a family – until a lot of heavy machinery, drills and cranes started arriving in early June.