Welcome to the Swainson's Hawk Watch

May 15, 2015 - A pair of Swainson's Hawks have been mating and building a new nest in a different neighborhood tree. I will try to start adding a few new 2015 photos of this pair as the summer progresses. (Scroll down on this page to see the 2015 blog posts in chronological order.)

July 3, 2015 - Sadly, the 3 chicks have fallen out of the nest and perished. This blog chronicles activities around the nest until this tragic event, with the July 3 post below the first you will read.

Note! These and additional photos (total = 154) are viewable in this Swainson's Hawks blog 2015 Picasa Web album.

Archive, May 2014 two Swainson's Hawks have been mating in a tree about a block from the old 2010 -2011 nest site. I have not seen them in a nest yet but have seen them mate three times in the same tree over a two day period.

Whenever possible I will try to post photos on this blog again this year, especially if we can identify the nest site where we can see the chicks growing and fledgling. Note! See the first photos below on the May 5, 2014 blog post below.

Archive 2010 & 2011.
In April of 2010, a pair of wild Swainson's Hawks decided to nest in our neighborhood in Boise, Idaho. This "Hawk Watch" will attempt to record words and photographs describing the Hawks behaviors, including the hatching & fledgling of chicks over the spring and summer. Many others who live in the neighborhood also watched the daily activities of the hawks and used this blog to keep up on my own observations and photographs.

Note! May 6, 2011 Two Red-tailed Hawks have settled on the old nest and appear to be laying on eggs now. See blog posts below. Here is a link to 56 Red-tailed hawk photographs from 2011 I uploaded to my Picasa Web Album.

Note! On March 12, 2011 two neighbors reported seeing a single hawk flying around and landing on the nest. Hopefully they will nest here again or nearby and we can continue the blog through 2011.
Note! Please Try to "Follow" the Blog and check in often. I am trying to update this site and the photo album at least once or twice a week. This page scrolls down to the blog entries below this introduction. The first blog entry you will see is the latest one. Scrolling the page down will reveal earlier posts in descending chronological order. And/or you can use the Blog Archive on the right side of the screen to see entries for May, through October 2010 and newer ones for 2011.
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Note ! I am posting "all" of the hawk images to an album in my Picasa Web account. Below is the web URL for that album. You can click on that hot link and/or also click on the Hawk lifting off branch photo to go to that album. As of October 3, there are 600 individual images in the album.

Note! When looking at a single photo in the album use the "full screen" icon for a larger, more impressive size!

Hawk lifting off branch

Thursday, July 15, 2010

1st Hawk Chick Has Left the Nest

We did not see it happen, but one neighbor heard a lot of hawk noise about 6: AM and when I visited the nest about 9 only a single hawk chick was visible.  During the day on a couple of other visits I did not see either the parent hawks or the second hawk chick in the nest.   Both the male and female hawks however were visible in nearby trees occasionally and the female was making a lot of different screeching noises.
As the sun was going down about 8:30 PM, I spotted the 1st young hawk chick who had left the nest high up in a tree without leaves.  It was perched, but when it tried to move around it looked quite uncomfortable and it did not try to fly.  Over about an hour I did see it move over a couple of branches to a more secure and stable footing.  I took some photos of the hawk in this tree and also was able to see both hawk parents in the same tree at the same time.  The female hawk was making a lot of different screeching sounds.  The sun set and it got almost dark when I decided to leave.  As I passed by the nest the second hawk chick was out of the nest standing on a branch, but not flapping its wings.  It might be another few days before this one flies out of the nest.

This 2nd hawk chick was alone in the nest all day today.  Late in the evening I saw it standing out on one of the branches to the right, away from the nest looking out toward where I had been watching the 1st hawk chick and parents.
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Looking toward the setting sun the 1st hawk chick to fly is uncomfortable on this small branch.

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From a different view with the sun setting the 1st hawk chick to fly has found a more stable perch.
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The female parent is visible in the bottom right, the male is in the bottom right center and the 1st hawk chick to fly is in the top left center.

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