A few months ago, the nest started to grow. Day by day, he watched as a pair of red-tailed hawks swooped down to add a stick here, a surgical mask there, slowly padding their home with leaves and other detritus until the structure had doubled in size. “You could tell they were getting ready to move in,” he said.
Drotos left for Spring Break, and by the time he got back, the birds had, in fact, moved in. There was one more surprise. They were expecting, each taking turns guarding their newly remodeled nest. Their eggs were white and speckled, and larger than the jumbo-size eggs at the grocery. He counted three. In the beginning, “Mr.” and “Mrs.,” as he and his girlfriend, Ayana Santos (CC'25) call them, shrieked if he got too close. A few weeks later, the couple now seems bored by his presence, even occasionally leaving their nest unattended.