CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A southwest Charlotte business welcomed new visitors this spring! And they're adorable.
A family of red-shouldered hawks decided the sign above Groninger USA, LLC was their perfect nesting spot. The business, known for their design of customized machines for the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and consumer healthcare industry, was ecstatic .
Andrea Guzman, with Groninger, told FOX 46 Charlotte she started researching the birds after noticing the nest in early April. She said the nest was a 'joint father-mother effort' between the two hawks.
Red-shouldered hawks mate for life and typically build about three nests at various sites before settling down with just one. Guzman said for an entire month she observed the male hawk building the nest while the female hawk mainly laid on the eggs.
Three red-shouldered hawks hatched from their eggs on Tuesday, May 8 around 11:30 a.m., Guzman said. "Mamma was very busy helping them come out of the eggshell and calling out for food. Next, dad brought a fresh green gift for the happy, safe, and healthy family," Guzman said.
Red-shouldered hawks eat mostly small mammals, lizards, snakes, and amphibians.