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Swainson's Hawk

Buteo swainsoni


Open fields close to foothills.


I went back to check on the fledging Swainson's hawks today. Two of the 3 babies were no where to be found. However, one of the 3 sibling decided to stick around. He had left his nest and his tree and was on a street lamp less then 4 feet away from the nest. He was still making food cries and mom and dad were hunting prairie dogs near by. You can see him clumsily testing out his new wings in the pictures above! The fledglings can be seen in the tree and nest a few days earlier here:

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EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you Telse! I hope he and his siblings made the long journey to their winter grounds in Argentina safely! His parents have been nesting in the area for a few years now, so they are apparently accomplished migrators!

Telse 9 years ago

Very nice!

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you Ava! He was a goofy one!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Very neat series.

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thanks Jeannette and Nuwan! I love that without the story this could be just another picture of a hawk landing/flying/taking off. I think the story gives the photo more context and therefore makes it a little more interesting!

Jeannette 9 years ago

Great captures :)

NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

great timing !!

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Fantastic series Emily!

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you Cindy and Tishanne!

TishannePatterson 9 years ago

Wonderful,beautiful share,thank you.

Awesome series and story!

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

No doubt NC! I should drive by tomorrow and see if he is still around. I bet he's gone by now...I wonder. Thank you Karen!

KarenL 9 years ago

Great photo & story Emily!

Noah Citizen
Noah Citizen 9 years ago

She was trying to attract him to fly most certainly! He's almost ready.

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thanks Noah Citizen! This one might have been a mama's boy! She flew overhead several times while she was hunting and he would watch her intently and cry for dinner!

Noah Citizen
Noah Citizen 9 years ago

Ready? Set... The 2 other siblings certainly did not wait for the 3rd one to go. Nice series and follow up for the story.

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Spotted on Aug 1, 2012
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