As of Tuesday evening July 18, the Swainsons Hawk family of “three” appeared to be doing well and the youngster has begun to tryout its flight muscles! During the time we were there with a few local neighbors, the mother spent all her time off the nest, perched at the tree top on lookout.
At about dusk, dad flew onto the nest with two crows in hot pursuit! He barely landed but he might’ve dropped off food for the youngster, because we could see it trying to swallow something laster. Dad flew away from the nest as the crowns continued after him. While all this was happening mom never left her perch. Later more crows flew by on their evening rout to roost overnight down town, but they didn’t cause any trouble to the youngster.
We plan to return to our setup spot close to the alley on 20th St. between F & G on Thursday, July 20 about 7:00. We’ll have the spotting scope setup as neighbors and passerby's continue to watch this story unfold in the tall old Midtown Redwood tree.
Several photos on 7/29 document the chick is now perching on nearby branches and might fledge the nest this week. Maybe a friendly lottery on which day? 😉
Thanks to these ambassador birds for bringing more of our neighbors together and this update provided by Whitney who lives in eye sight of the nest, is much appreciated and welcomed.
Your FORB Neighbors
Lyvonne’ & Robert
(Further viewing opportunities are likely, stay tuned!)
(followup discussion with Raptor Center staff)
Thank you for the update! Looks like the youngster's flight feathers are completely grown in. Assuming SWHA grow comparably to Red-tailed Hawks, this one is probably between 35-40 days old. First flight should happen sometime within a week, according to the literature (which suggests they tend to start flying between days 38-46). We'll see how it goes!
Thanks and best,
Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator
California Raptor Center
University of California Davis
💥 Yes, but a big success over last year!
Have you recorded a successful nesting in the grid?
💥 Yes but some branching images might add more interest.
As you can see it's tough getting a good sight line into the nest.
💥 Yes, we’ve had as many as twenty neighbors and passerby’s stop and look through the scope be amazed!
💥 Many have come to know their neighbors and can now go to FORB's website and connect with this special event!
💥 (Watch for a future report on this nest soon!)