The year is 2003. It is the first year we noticed Swainson’s Hawks in our neighbourhood in Calgary, Alberta.
The following is an account of my observations of this avian family (more specifically with the sightings of the babies).
Who knew I would be so invested in these birds some 20 years later…
NOTE: This is not a scientific journal. However, I am fully aware that once the birds have left the nest, they aren’t “babies” anymore. By the time we see them out and about, they would more accurately be called fledglings and juveniles. I will use baby/babies/young ones/littles/juveniles interchangeably when referring to the offspring of Mama and Papa hawks.
AUGUST 2003 – date unknown
Unfortunately, I didn’t keep a written record of these observations so there isn’t much of a story here. Nor can I confirm the exact date these not-so-great photos were taken. However, my future hawk-watching self can confidently say that this was very likely late August.
There was at least one baby this year. Who knows for sure, maybe even 2 or 3.