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US birding update in the California desert

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@@marg I'm just in awe of your photos, since like @@Tom Kellie and @@Kitsafari that there were such beautiful birds in California.

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SUCCESS! My last observation of a successful sighting and fledge of a Red-tailed Hawk was seven years ago. For several years I spotted a nest in one of the palm trees behind a green. In my golf cart travels, and I go everywhere in my cart, I would look and wait. One year the nest was blown down in a strong wind. One year the ravens got into the nest and a juvenile hawk was found dead on the ground below the nest. Several months ago I spotted twigs and branches up in one of the palm trees. I watched and waited, worried after each big wind. An adult was seen on the nest and occasionally flying around. Then a head and then a juvenile sitting up in the nest. Two days ago I took these photos... in the nest, leaving the nest, unhappy with me and a Western Kingbird on a branch, flying away. While writing this my husband said that there was something floating in the pool. I just pulled out a little mockingbird. It came from a nest in the yard next door and must have been in flight training. With the ravens being such a menace, then to down. It is a shame and not easy becoming an adult bird here in the desert.

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Lovely series!

 

Is there nothing one can do about crows and ravens? I must have seen several hundred in the last 24 hours.

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an update and sad news. The bird in the last series of photos was an adult. Late last week I spotted this....

 

Then last weekend we had very strong winds. I checked Saturday afternoon and everything was okay. Monday morning when I went by most of the nest was gone and there were no signs of life in the tree. I did find a downey feather on the ground.

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@@Peter Connan...ravens are a real menace. This time of the year we see them being chased by smaller birds just trying to protect their nests.

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Sorry to hear the sad news about the hawk nests @@marg

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another first sighting.....Last Sunday I was in our back yard and spotted what I thought was a hawk being harassed by two ravens. Got the binos and found the "hawk" sitting on a chimney. But it was not a hawk. It was a Turkey Vulture. Went inside to grab a camera and could only get it in flight.

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