2008 Red-Tailed Hawk News
October 1, 2008 - October 31, 2008
September 30- October 2: We were not able to search for our hawk family on these days.
October 3: The Peregrine Falcon was back in the area today, we didn't see any of our hawk family.
October 4-7: We weren't able to search for our hawk family on these days.
October 8: Mama for the first time in some weeks that we have noticed spent time sitting on top of her favorite tallest
building watching over her territory.
October 9: There were fresh signs that our hawk family was around today, however, we didn't see any of them today.
There were also a number of fresh signs around that indicated a Cooper hawk was in the area as well.
October 10: We didn't search for our hawk family today.
October 11: An Osprey circled overhead mid-afternoon with a freshly killed fish in its talons. Later in the day there was a
number of birds sounding alarm calls and after much searching in that area we didn't spot any of our hawk family. The
trees and low angle of the sun make it more difficult to spot a sitting hawk in a tree as they blend in very well at this time of
year as the leaves are turning colors.
October 12: We didn't see any of our hawk family today. However, the Peregrine Falcon was back sitting on Papa's
favorite spot and office building in the late afternoon.
October 13-16: We weren't able to search for our hawk family on these days. The technical difficulties that prevented me
from making regular updates this past few weeks should now be resolved. I will be able to make regular updates once
again. I will be archiving the months of August and September in the next day to the news archives where they can always
be accessed via the news archives link.
October 17: We weren't able to search for our hawk family today.
October 18: We searched for our hawk family on this beautiful afternoon and unfortunately we didn't see any of them
today. However, there were a number of times that Blue Jays in the area were sounding their alarm calls. We checked
these situations out carefully but couldn't find the source of their panic. We did later in the afternoon confirm our suspicions
from signs earlier in the week that a Coopers hawk was around as we spotted the Coopers hawk today. We observed the
Coopers hawk many times attempting to hunt without success. The Coopers hawk may have also been the reason for the
Blue Jays panic earlier in the day although we didn't see the Coopers hawk at that time. I will post an image of the Coopers
hawk on Sunday in the Raptors Gallery.
October 19: Mama was soaring in the central section of her territory and eventually she drifted to the area of this years
nest disappearing into the woodlands.
October 20: In the late morning Mama soared over the central section of her territory today when she noticed something
to the South and in a blink of an eye disappeared in a major high speed stoop. Mama was sitting on top of her favorite tall
building later this afternoon. The buildings incinerator started to produce a very thick black smoke for a good amount of
time. Mama was disturbed by this thick black smoke and took off and away to cleaner air on another of her favorite
buildings in the immediate area that was not affected by this smoke. She stayed on this vantage point for more than two
hours, when we left for home she was still sitting in the same place. Another project has delayed my posting of the Coopers
hawk from Saturday, it should be posted Tuesday.
October 21: We were not able to search for our hawk family today. Please see the new images of the Coopers Hawk from
this past Saturday in the Raptor gallery on Page 31.
Those of you that live in or near Queens, NY we have an announcement. Mission:Wolf a peaceful wolf sanctuary located in
the rugged and remote mountains of Colorado provide a home in a truly natural setting for wolves that otherwise couldn't
be released into the wild. Mission:Wolf has started their Northeast educational tour with two of their ambassador wolves.
Planning started early this year and I was fortunate to be able to coordinate Mission:Wolf's first visit to Queens to provide
their wolf education and conservation program locally. Mission:Wolf will be at the Queens County Farm Museum this
Sunday October 26, 2008 presenting their educational program at 1:30pm and 3:30pm in the barn. For further details on
Mission:Wolf’s educational program and the Queens County Farm Museum click here.
October 30: Mama and Papa were in the central section of their territory today sharing the skies with two Cooper's Hawks
that were very active. Neither pair seemed disturbed by the others presence. Eventually Mama and Papa settled down on
their favorite buildings where they remained after we left the area. The Cooper's hawks flew off to the East.
To read an articles on Mission:Wolf that appeared in the Queens Chronicle Oct 16th click here, in the Queens Times
Ledger Oct 23rd click here, and a follow up article and an interview with Mission:Wolf founder Kent Weber in the Queens
Chronicle Oct 30th click here.