Nesting Red-Tailed Hawks Cherished in Texas

Hey, there’s good news in the Dallas Morning News:

Hospital won’t evict family of hawks

Mesquite: Baylor’s got a new maternity wing

06:20 AM CDT on Thursday, April 27, 2006

By GRETEL C. KOVACH / The Dallas Morning News

Baylor Health Care System has gone to new heights to care for expectant mothers – specifically the ones with wings and sharp curved beaks.

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A nest of red-tailed hawks is perched atop a billboard off Interstate 30 in Mesquite.

Forty feet above the traffic on Interstate 30 in Mesquite, a family of red-tailed hawks is roosting on a billboard, sheltered from the wind by a sign advertising a long-gone Baylor event.

Early this month, Impact Outdoor Advertising employees discovered an imposing mother hawk and her mate nestled on several eggs in a nest of leafy branches.

They needed to change the outdated sign but were given strict instructions not to disturb the outdoor maternity ward, said Christie Hansen, a Baylor marketing production coordinator who also works as an animal-rescue volunteer.

Contrast that with the awful disregard for raptor life shown by the USDA in Florida, where nesting red-shouldered hawks were shotgunned to provide full access to a country club for golfers.

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Wesley R. Elsberry

Falconer. Interdisciplinary researcher: biology and computer science. Photographer. Husband. Christian. Activist.

4 thoughts on “Nesting Red-Tailed Hawks Cherished in Texas

  • 2006/04/30 at 11:52 am

    Good story– nice to know that there’s still a little sanity and compassion in this world. Does the male help provide for the chicks?

  • 2006/04/30 at 5:53 pm

    Yes, both the red-tailed male and female hunt to provide food for the chicks.

  • 2007/01/13 at 11:56 pm

    Stories like this reminds us that there are still things more important than money and marketing. In today’s mega-markets, like DFW, is’s sometimes hard to see. Yeah for Baylor! You’ve earned my respect for standing up for something innocent that had no voice, even though it cost you $$$ to do so. Many businesses wouldn’t have. I think you’re great!

  • 2007/02/26 at 8:44 pm

    Im so happy to hear they are being left alone to do what comes nattural. We have a hawk that roosts in the tree in our back yard every once in a while, its a beautiful site to behold. No matter how many times I see them I still get the same wonderful feeling with the same in awe reaction.

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