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, March 17, 2011

Swainson's Hawk Reappears at Boise, Idaho Nest on March 12, 2011

On Sunday, March 12, 2011 a neighbor who lives across the street from the 2010 Swainson's Hawk nest observed a single hawk flying around and landing on the old nest.  Later I heard from another neighbor who lives a block away that he saw one that same day land on the same nest.  Another neighbor saw one sitting in the nest early in the evening during the week and today another neighbor called me about noon to report that he saw one just land and sit on the nest.  I rode my bike over then with my camera, but did not see the hawk on the nest or in the sky flying.

This is almost a month earlier than we saw them near this nest last year.  We hope these visits will mean that they may try to use the same nest again.  I will continue to update this blog with reports of sightings and photographs as often as possible.

On the VirtualBirder.com web site there is a report on March 10 from the National Birding Hotline Cooperative, that in the Los Angeles,  California area -

SWAINSON’S HAWKS are moving through, with a flock of 15 reported near Newhall
Pass on March 4.  Single birds were also over Claremont on March 3 and 4.

On March 16,  "The Birding Lists Digest" Hawk Watch report from the Santa Ana NWR, near Alamo Texas, there is a report of 2 Swainson's Hawks.

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