I went out today looking for our Redtailed pair. We have watched them for three years and hope to watch them again this year. The nest looks as if it has had a bit of renovation but there was no sitting bird yet. There has been a lot of activity in the vicinity of the tree and unfortunately two of the trees which the hawks have frequented in the past, have come down. Sighhhhhhhhhh. My concern is that all the activity may have chased the hawks away for the season. I did see one of the pair, I believe it was the male but could not tell for sure. I am hoping that we do get to see the hawks for another year.
Toronto Redtailed Hawks
Great shot Frank. Thanks for posting !
Hi gang,this is Junior,on June 30. As per lyntys June 30 report Junior in this shot is on the ground having dropped his Pigeon lunch. More photos from this day can be seen at http://members3.clubphoto.com/frank237849 enjoy!
Redtailed hawk report for 20060713
I arrived at 1055 and thirty five minutes later I found him, sitting in tree very close to one of the *buildings* along the ridge road. He had food in his crop and he was comfortably perched as he preened. Once he had completed preening he called a few times, checked the sky and hopped about on the branch. He even hopped to another branch on which he found a whole live squirrel.
What to do?? The two of them stared at each other and junior spread his wings. He walked up the branch a bit and the squirrel moved to the underside of the branch, but was still in eye contact with junior. Then junior moved quickly to the spot above where the squirrel was eyeing him and the squirrel held on tightly and moved quickly down the branch, still underneath the branch. As junior could hear the squirrel moving he was doing his darnedest to execute a three point turn on the branch without falling off. His wings got in the way then the little spikey branches and twigs got in the way, he lost footing once and finally he moved halfway down the branch and stopped.
By this time the squirrel was at the curve in the branch, flicking it's impertinent little tail at junior. He seemed unsure how to proceed but I must admit he gave it the old college try and *jumped* at the squirrel who moved like greased lightning and disappeared under the branch again - very unfair.
The squirrel appeared on a flat spot where a branch had been cut off and lay down, eyeing jnuior and again flicking it's tail at him - really taunting him. MEAN!
Junior had no way of getting to the squirrel and so he stayed at the curve of the branch and looked over at the squirrel. He tired of the game and flew to another branch from which he peered at the squirrel in the hopes of finding a way to catch it. Eventually he went back to preening. After a bit he flew to another tree south along the ridge and after that to the middle of J and backtracked to the middle spruce along the ridge. He sat there for a bit and the jays became noisier and noisier until he flew , chased by two jays, into N into a pine there. I watched him there for quite a while and I left him there at 133, watching the sky and calling periodically.
After seeing the banding of the Peregrine Falco0n baby today I decided to go and check on my baby hawk ) It took me and hour and a half to find him yesterday. So I wanted to see what he was up to today! The day was wet but the rain had stopped when I reached the subway stop I needed. So I popped off and within minutes of arriving I heard the little guy calling. It was sooooooooooo plaintive. Within a few minutes of hearing the call I found him, sitting out in the open on the end of a branch. Silly bird he was soaked!! Anyway I stayed and was going to keep him company but the HEAVENS OPENED !!!!!! I stood as much rain as I could and he had moved to another tree, the west side of it where he was slightly more sheltered from the rain initially. When it bucketed down he was getting really wet, like me. There was a bit of lightning and thunder so I eventually packed it in and left. I left him sitting in the rain, calling his little heart out. When I got back to the subway I was soaked through in spite of using an umbrella!!!
hehehehe if you say so ) I just call 'em TV's )))
lynty2- ( cathartes auro)4 lol
Sighhhh - I did forget about the Turkey Vulture.
In her excitement over Junior flying with the pigeon leftovers,lynty forgot to mention that prior to being fed,just after the youngster had made a flight from a pine to a maple tree,a Turkey Vulture came into view quite low,followed closely by BIGRED chasing it away. She forced the Turkey Vulture higher and away from the area,towards the back of their territory.
Mark Nash had recently mentioned to me while at the falcon watch,that the adults can be very aggressive towards intruders when chicks are recently fledged.
I took many photos today and soon as I have them developed and post will let everyone know.
Report for 20060630
BIGFRANK located junior in the elm tree and watched him fly to a pine in the same area where he struggled to get a decent foothold on one of the branches. He hopped from branch to branch. At my arrival Frank said *he's not going to last there, he's goind to fly* and shortly after that he did.
We watched him do nothing in a maple tree, where he had flown, until Papa Red flew by half an hour later with a pigeon in his talons. Junior flew and called and landed in a tree NEAR to where Papa Red had landed. Papa Red was calling and trying to entice junior to fly over but to no avail. Two minutes later Papa Red picked up the pigeon and flew to the tree in which junior was squawking. Junior mantled and took over the pigeon and Papa Red flew to a nearby maple and then flew east after he'd cleaned his beak and feet.
Junior was very busy tearing the feathers off the pigeon and tucking in. The pigeon was precariously balanced on the branch and held by junior. At one point Junior attempted to haul it onto the branch but it simply slipped back into place , dangling over the edge as he ate. Then he dropped it !!!! Luckily it fell onto another branch lower down. Junior peered at it for a bit and worked out a way to get down to it by hopping down branch to branch. Halfway through this process a blue jay found him and began harassing him and diving on him. Came really close a couple of times. Finally he reached the branch and pigeon and continued eating. The same thing was happening here too - the pigeon had slipped a bit and was dangling whilst junior ate. Once more he attempted to haul it up and it didn't work. Once again the pigeon dropped. This time to he ground. To my delight junior hopped down to the ground and after a few minutes of looking around, grabbed the remains in his left foot and began dragging it away from where we were standing. He dragged it for approximately 24 metres and then flew, with the remains still in his foot. He did not get much height but enough (6-8 feet) to land in a tree where he left the pigeon and worked his way up to a higher perch. His crop was full and he simply sat there not doing a lot of anything except digesting his meal. Remember he has only been out of the nest for 8 days!
THANKS LYNTY2 - FOR KEEPING US INFORMED =