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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Banding Hawks Today













I thought you might be interested in these shots of banding hawks.  Presenting the Cooper's Hawk for World Bird Wednesday, Nature Notes Wednesday, Outdoor World Wednesday and Tuesdays Tweets and Rural Journal Thursday . I wanted  to let you know that the baby hawks were placed safely back in the nest after a few minutes by the arborist and the parents resumed the normal tasks of parenthood. (after a little bit of screeching).  Some of the banded hawks have been spotted as far away as California, Nevada and Washington.  I think they are so cute! I will put up an adult picture of a Cooper's Hawk in another one of my posts.  Hello to all my fellow bloggers on these wonderful memes.




30 comments:

caite said...

aren't they cute, with their tiny hawk beaks.

Libby Rodriguez said...

Wow! These are great photos!! Thanks for sharing them with us :)

Carver said...

Fantastic shot. The baby hawks are such a delight to see.

Rambling Woods said...

I've never seen a baby Coopers hawk.. young ones at my bird feeders, but never this young. They are all feet and yet with that serious face..I loved this for Nature Notes..thank you...Michelle

mick said...

Wow! so exciting to see these babies so close. Great photos.

Ecobirder said...

Very Cute. Are they from this year already? We have some owls on the nest but it is still earl here for hawks. Thank you for participating in this weeks Tuesday Tweets.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Hi everyone, thanks for coming to see me. And thanks so much for your comments. Ecobirder, yes these are not from this year..too early. Although we have owls nesting also now. I have some great owl shots coming.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful post and photos.

Regards and best wishes

eileeninmd said...

How cool and what a great experience. The baby hawks are adorable. Wonderful photo, thanks for sharing.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - banding is a great way to get involved with birds on a whole new level.

Glad you enjoyed my 'wordy' blog - the post 2 back from "Bobbing About" is called "A bird in the Hand - Two Dawns". It’s all about two banding trips if you have the time to have a look.

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Oh this is just a marvelous post! Thank you for all the good work you are doing and for sharing it with us through these amazing pix.

EG CameraGirl said...

They look soft but their beaks could take a nip out out of the handlers. I've never seen baby hawks before so this post was a treat!

Crafty Gardener said...

fascinating series of photos

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Oh how wonderful to be a part of the banding of hawks! I would love to be afforded this kind of opportuity one day. I have witnessed the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds being banded, yet never something as large as these beauties. Great series of images and always nice to know how they fare later on~

Light and Voices said...

Awwww....so cute.
Joyce M

Indrani said...

What a wonderful job you have in hand.

Dianne said...

these are such wonderful photos!! I especially love them sitting on the towel
thanks!!

Carole M. said...

fantastic photo opportunities! I wonder how the group managed to take the youngsters out of the nest. I might've imagined that the parents wouldn't have made that possible by possibly attacking?

Island Rambles Blog said...

These photos were captured when my husband was lucky enough to accompany the biologist on his banding trips. The biologist has been studying the Cooper's Hawks since 1995 and has banded around 1,500 hawks at approx. 85 nests. Red bands were placed on the females and black on the males. Several of the banded older hawks were arriving at my feeder and I was photoing the bands and they could identify which nest they were from and the history of the parents also. 2,000 observations of the banded hawks have been reported in southwestern B.C.

Andrew said...

A wonderful post... it's lovely to hear about projects like this.
Great images.

Nadege, said...

They are so cute...wonderful captures.

Springman said...

Amazing photos! I'm sure the data gathered will be of great use!

joo said...

They are so lovely!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

How cool! They look like wise old souls, even though they are so young.

Pat said...

They're so cute! They need to grow into those feet.

Nancy Claeys said...

A gorgeous set of photographs -- and an interesting topic. I imagine momma and poppa hawk were none too pleased to say the least!

Thanks so much for sharing with us at Rural Thursday -- much appreciated. :)

Nancy Claeys said...

PS -- would love to be added to your blog roll. :) Thank you.

Larry said...

Hi. I found your blog via World Bird Wednesday. It would be nice to know your name. I like to call bloggers by name when I comment but I couldn't find your name anywhere on your blog.
That being said, I love the great shots of the Cooper's Hawk nestlings! I have only seen Red-shouldered Hawks this close. It must have been great observing the banding too. It's obviously an excellent way to help with avian science.

VaishVijay said...

Here in Melaka, Malaysia, this is the season for Raptor watch. Wish I could see banding!

I just love your header shot:)

Island Rambles Blog said...

Thanks so much for your visits,it was fun to share this with you all... my title was a little misleading as when I wrote it I was meaning today I am writing about banding hawks! not actually banding hawks today!

I do seem to have a communication problem at times. sigh.

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