Local birder and hawkwatcher Ann Feldman has been monitoring the Red-tailed Hawk nest located in the Japanese Garden section of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. She just wrote to let me know that the two offspring there have successfully fledged. In addition, the botanic garden has posted a very nice piece about the hawks on their website here. Now comes the fun as the young raptors begin exploring their territory and learn to hunt. Don't be surprised if you have a close encounter on a visit to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden as it takes a couple of months for these large hawks to learn to avoid humans.