Not much to report on this rainy Sunday. We have had people intermittently report seeing the hawks within a several block radius of the nest ledge. That is to be expected for several weeks to come. The young hawks will remain in the area for at least six to eight weeks and possibly longer. As time goes on they will range further and further afield and by late summer/ early fall they will be completely on their own.
These birds may or may not migrate. Red-tails at higher elevations and that nest further north do migrate. However, Portland has pretty mellow winters---Some of our local red-tails stay year-round and some migrate. Some red-tails also migrate to the Portland metro area from the north to pass the winter. In fact our wintering hawk populations are actually higher than our breeding season populations. Winter is one of the best times to see hawks, falcons and eagles in Portland. In February, Audubon partners with ODFW, HawkWatch and Metro to do a really cool event called Raptor Road Trip. For those interesting in seeing and learning more about our local birds of prey, this event can't be beat...and we provide free donuts, coffee and hot chocolate! Watch for it next February and come out and join us on Sauvie Island for some of the best hawk watching around.
Regardless of whether they migrate, our young hawks will have to fend for themselves come fall. They will spend a year or two wandering---They could remain in the city or they could well move hundreds of miles away. They are unlikely to reappear near the raptor cam nest site next year although occasionally we do see a year old hawks hanging out around their hatch site.
The following are a few more pictures from the past several days: