By now the Raptor Cam Red-tails should be pretty much entirely on their own and fending for themselves. The young have been out of the nest since mid June. After nearly eight weeks of flying they should be able to catch their own food and no longer need the parents to provide for them. They will continue to roam further and further from the nest area and eventually they will stop returning altogether.
At some point in the very near future, the relationship between parent and young will end. The young will spend the next couple of years wandering on their own until they reach maturity and seek out their own mates and territories. There is no reason to expect that they will remain in the local area. If they do return to the nest area next season, their parents will likely chase them off.
Portland is a mild climate and many of our local red-tails remain in the area year round rather than migrating. In fact many red-tails fromm the north and from higher elevations drop down into the Portland Metro Area to pass the winter. We actually have more red-tails (and other types of birds of prey as well) here in the winter than we do in the summer. The Raptor Cam adults appear to remain in the area year round although they may move away from the nest site during the non breeding season, perhaps to one of our local natural areas.
On another topic, many viewers of Raptor Cam will recall that Audubon has rescued several of the Raptor Cam young after they were hit by cars, flew into windows etc. Now you have a chance to help us win a new Wildlife Rescue Vehicle. Our Wildlife Care Center treats nearly 3,000 injured wild animals each year and we very much need a van to support this work. This Friday Audubon will be a finalist in the Toyota 100 Cars for Good Competition. This Friday you can go on-line (on facebook) and vote for Audubon to win a new van. Please spread the word and help us win!
Raptor Cam Red-tail being treated at Audubon in 2009 prior to release