Welcome to the Swainson's Hawk Watch

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.

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

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Adult Hawks Call & One Chick Tries to Fly

Last evening, July 10, about 9:PM. a couple of us saw the two adult hawks in a dying tree without leaves about 75 yards away making a lot of noise (screeching call).  The two chicks seemed agitated and suddenly one jumped up and tried to fly.  It only made it about 4 feet landing on a branch near the nest.  It flapped its wings a few times and finally decided to jump back to the nest.  This was pretty exciting as clearly the chicks are going to be leaving the nest soon.  The adult hawks are trying to coax them out of the nest.
This photo was taken on July 9th in the morning about 10:AM. with a Nikon DSLR camera and 300mm lens.  Both adult hawks were calling the chicks from this tree at that time.
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The three images below were taken in the late evening about 9:PM on July 10, with a Nikon P90 camera that has a good telephoto zoom , but does not gather light for the photo as well as the SLR camera.  Unfortunately this is the only camera I had with me when the chick tried to fly.

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