Red-tailed Hawks Nesting For Skywatch Friday And Cornell Lab Of Ornithology’s NestWatch

by Larry Jordan on June 4, 2009

Red-tailed Hawks Nesting On High Power Line Tower photos by Larry Jordan

This is the second year I have watched this nesting pair of Red-tailed Hawks atop a power line tower raise their three chicks.  All three of them fledged last year and are off to a great start this year.  If you look closely, you can see three downy heads in front of the proud parent bird standing guard in the photo above.

One of the coolest things about finding birds nests and monitoring them is that you can help out Cornell Lab by contributing your information to NestWatch.

NestWatch is a continent wide citizen-science project and nest-monitoring database of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, funded by the National Science Foundation and developed in collaboration with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.  It’s easy to do and lots of fun for the whole family.

Go check it out at their website at Cornell Lab of Ornithology NestWatch.  And while your looking up in the sky for bird’s nests, check out SkyWatch Friday for more great sky photos!

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Adrienne June 5, 2009 at 3:01 am

Wow, this is cool to see them nest out in the open. The neighboring property behind us has a huge Colorado spruce tree that is home to a pair of re-tailed hawks. Unfortunately, our neighbor is reclusive in nature (we’ve only glimpsed him briefly–twice in almost 5 years) so I haven’t been able to talk to him about the hawks. And my binoculars aren’t quite powerful enough to see their nest in the interior of the tree. But we enjoy watching as much as we can.

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MaineBirder June 5, 2009 at 8:38 am

How fun it is to watch nesting Hawks! Very nice photos Larry and I can see the 3 young ones!

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Arija June 6, 2009 at 12:29 am

Great to have them nesting in a man made structure.

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Sanna June 6, 2009 at 6:08 am

That’s so cool! =) Beautiful birds.


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