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Update--June 15, 2009

by Bob Sallinger

kgw.com

Posted on June 15, 2009 at 10:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:39 PM

I stopped by the nest site late this afternoon and watched the two juveniles flying around and soaring in the sunshine. They are now very strong fliers and are able to land well. One of the juveniles was having a great time chasing pigeons. Pigeons are actually pretty difficult prey when they are airborne---they a fairly fast fliers and very maneuverable. The red-tail did not stand a chance but he seemed to be having a good time practicing his skills. Particularly cool is watching them fly around "Big Pink" (US Bancorp Tower). The air currents around the skyscraper allow them to pick-up a great deal of speed as they ascend and makes for some really spectacular aerial acrobatics. If you find yourself in the vicinity of the US Bancorp Tower, be sure to look up---the hawks are very easy to spot.

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