sharp shinned hawk

Slow Spring Sunday Afternoon


05May2013_1e_Backyard-Birds_BuddyNice and warm today – 76 degrees here at the house. Even Buddy, pictured here, is a little groggy! The backyard birds are active, at least when the Red-Tailed Hawk and the Sharp-shinned hawk are not around. Good to see the Rock Pigeons, Finchs, Sparrows, Siskins and even the Starling. I did see an American Goldfinch, but only for a fleeting moment.
The downtown Peregrine Falcons seem to be doing fine. The eggs were laid April 1, 4, 6 and 8 so we should start to see hatching sometime this week. I talked to Deniz at the Idaho Fish and Game while at the Boise Bird Festival and she told me that the IDF&G will not be doing a fledge watch this year, as there is no longer money available for the Fledge Watch Team. (The fledge watchers were around many years before the coordinator of the team was a paid position. There is nothing to say that we can not continue in the “non-paid” mode.) Deniz said she would put me in contact with the person who took over for Bruce Haak when he retired, but I have not heard anything. She did say, though, that a phone contact person will be available 24-7. We’ll see.
The Peregrine Fund posted this information the other day. A good read and good information.

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The eggs are now more than three weeks old and everything appears to be progressing as expected. When the male is not incubating during the day, he is busy fulfilling his role as protector and provider.

To humans, the notion of sitting still for long periods of time during incubation seems intolerable, but for birds of prey of both sexes it is normal behavior. They do not waste energy. When birds are flying around, it’s easy to think that is what they do all day. In reality, birds of prey spend the vast majority of their time sitting still, conserving energy until it is time to hunt for food, attack or defend their territory, court, and raise their young.

You may catch the falcons napping once in a while, but they are alert during incubation.

In the meantime, here are some photos of the birds that I saw in our backyard today. Not a spectacular sighting, but fun anyway. Enjoy and Keep Looking Up! Left-Click to see these photos enlarged. And please, VOTE above. Thanks.

Finchs at the bird bath. They do like the solar fountain.

Finchs at the bird bath. They do like the solar fountain.

House Finch

House Finch

Starling

Starling

Juvenile begging for food.

Juvenile begging for food.

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Getting a drink of water.

Getting a drink of water.

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Neighborhood Sharp-shinned Hawk


04Feb2013_1_Backyard_Sharp_ShinOur neighborhood Sharp-shinned Hawk, an Accipiter hawk, is still flying around. He was in our backyard. I found where he was sitting, but did not see any “left-overs”. He then flew to the alley as pictured here. Enjoy these photos and Keep Looking Up! You’ll never know what you will see. Also, the Boise Downtown Peregrines have been seen here most of the winter. Time is drawing near when, hopefully, a family will be using the hack box downtown. Hope so. Left-Click any of these photos to see enlarged.

On the ground in the alley.

On the ground in the alley.

Into a nearby tree.

Into a nearby tree.