Unfortunately, the ferruginous hawk trail camera is offline for the season. On June 9th, a team went out to inspect the camera and discovered that the curious hawks have pulled out the cord that connected the camera to the solar-powered battery. Climbing the pole to fix the camera has a high risk of causing panic in the chicks, which can cause them to "force-fledge." This means they could jump out of the nest before they are ready with tragic results. Since we are not willing to risk any harm to the hawk family, we will have to wait until next breeding season to get any more photos.
May 24, 2017
Another rodent for the hungry chicks. One Ferruginous hawk pair (with chicks) consumes an average of 480 ground squirrels per season.
May 19, 2017
Just hatched yesterday afternoon! Three hungry chicks being fed by mama hawk. ~3 more weeks and the chicks will be walking around the nest.
May 18, 2017
First image of our Ferruginous hawk couple! Incubation is shared — both take nearly the same number of egg-warming shifts over ~32 days.
May 2, 2017
We got confirmation of at least 2 eggs today! Ferruginous hawks can lay up to 5 eggs, hopefully more eggs hiding behind the camera!
April 28, 2017
Ferruginous hawk looking annoyed after flying thousands of km to Alberta for spring time, gets dump of snow.
April 21, 2017
We're expecting! Although we can only see one egg in this photo, Ferruginous hawks typically law 3-5 eggs, so there might be a few more eggs hiding behind the camera's view. If all goes well, we can expect some photos of hungry hawk chicks around the end of May or beginning of June.
The hawks have returned from their summer homes in the southern United States and Mexico.
Ferruginous hawks generally arrive in Alberta in mid-March and start establishing their nest with many coming back to the same nest site year after year. This pair are sprucing up the place by adding nest materials like sticks and twigs and a little cow dung.