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May 14, 2011: Flapping and Wobbling

by Bob Sallinger

kgw.com

Posted on May 14, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:34 AM

Viewers have noticed that the young hawks have become increasingly mobile over the last couple of days, They are now standing-up and walking around their nest, stretching their wings and even doing a bit of flapping.

They are less than surefooted to say the least right now but they are now only a few weeks from flying and you will see them grow more active with each passing day. They are building up their muscles in preparation for those first flights. Expect to see them spend more and more time flapping those wings with greater and greater intensity. Right now the wings are very heavy as the feather shafts are full of blood (see prior post) and they will only do a few flaps before becoming tired. However as time goes on, you will see extended periods of furious flapping.

WATCH RAPTOR-CAM LIVE: KGW-Audubon Raptor Cam

For those interested in learning more about our urban birds of prey, check our Oregon Field Guide this Sunday. The are doing a story on Portland's urban peregrine falcons. Usually we don't promote other stations here at Raptor Cam but in this case it seemed okay since peregrines are very cool and also the story was done for Oregon Field Guide by Vince Patton---formerly of KGW and the father of Raptor Cam. It was Vince who called me up several years ago ago when he was KGW's environmental reporter and said that he had a crazy idea that maybe the station could find a downtown hawk nest where the station could install a camera. 48 hours later Raptor Cam was born.

 

 

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