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July 30, 2011: Hummingbirds and Red-tails

by Bob Sallinger

kgw.com

Posted on July 30, 2011 at 11:14 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 31 at 7:04 AM

Had a great sighting of a young juvenile red-tailed hawk flying parallel to the Burnside Bridge last Friday while i was sitting in traffic. The bridge is only a few bocks from the nest site so it could well have been one of our fledglings. The hawks are frequently observable flying over the first several blocks of West Burnside. However, it also could have been a young hawk from just about anywhere around the city at this point. This year's fledglings will be really beginning to explore the broader landscape at this point in the season. They could easily be several miles from the nest site. They are also becoming more and more proficient at hunting and less and less dependent on their parents to supply food.

Speaking of fledglings, check out the cool story about former Portland Mayor Vera Katz paying for a cab to send an fledgling hummingbird to Audubon. Apparently she was approached in a coffee shop by a man who found a fledgling hummingbird that was not doing well. Neither of them drove so Mayor Katz paid for a cab to send it to our wildlife care center. The story has a happy ending...the hummingbird was weak on arrival at Audubon but after a few days in an incubator and being hand fed chopped-up mealworms and nectar it began to perk up. It spent several days in a larger cage building up its flying strength and then was released at a volunteers home in west Portland in a yard with lots of hummingbirds and hummingbird feeders.

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