‘Hawk Cam’ keeps watch over pair of red-tailed hawks

It’s almost spring, and while we can’t speak for the bees, there are a couple of birds that are wasting no time getting busy in San Francisco’s Presidio.

Two red-tailed hawks are updating their nest 100 feet up in one of the Presidio’s blue gum eucalyptus trees, and the park’s natural resources department has installed a camera to capture all the action from a bird’s eye view.

The Presidio, one of the prettiest stretches of property among many in San Francisco, is a great place for bird watchers. A number of birds migrate through the area, and there are plenty of permanent residents there, too, including hawks, eagles, owls and falcons.

The red-tailed hawks starring in their own reality show are among the year-round residents, and they are no stranger to the tree where they are nesting. The pair has returned to the same spot for several years.

Park officials aren’t revealing the exact location of the nest, but you can watch the Hawk Cam to see how things develop, from eggs to nestlings to — fingers crossed — successful first flights.

If you don’t have time to watch all day, you can catch highlights on the Presidio’s YouTube channel.

So far, there’s been some interesting action in the nest. A few hummingbirds have dropped by to pilfer feathers, twigs, and bits of fuzz for their own nests, and Wildlife Ecologist Jonathan Young noticed one of the hawks is banded, likely by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy’s Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. Officials are hoping to get a good shot of the band number so it can learn more about the hawk.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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