Many folks would see them flying with nesting material and (later) prey, but the whereabouts of the nest remained a mystery. I looked high and low, to no avail.
Then I got a tip. The Red-shoulders had nested successfully once more.
The homeowners confirmed that the nest has been active the past few years, but asked that I keep the location a secret.
I have -- but I did write a column about it, in The Record's Better Living section today. I was also fortunate to get some photos of a parent flying from the nest and a nestling shortly before it fledged.
Their secret is safe.
You can preview or download the Red-shoulder column here:
(With the help of a few birder friends, I did a free e-book about Allendale's Red-shoulders several years ago. You can download it here or read a hard copy at the Allendale Library.)