I have been watching the old Swainson's Hawk nest and have never seen any evidence that the Swainson's have come back. Meanwhile a pair of Red-Tailed Hawks have clearly taken over the nest and are apparently laying on eggs now. These could be hatching any time and I will try to photo document what I see during the summer. If we see chicks I may start a new blog for the Red-Tailed Hawks.
I have uploaded a few Red-Taiiled photos around the nest I have taken to a Picasa Web Album .
Below is a good close up shot of one of the birds flying above the nest..
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!