Hawk Watch Final Update

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  • Red-shouldered Hawk (bird) (Buteo lineatus) in the Cloisters City Park in Morro Bay, CA

DJ Fullmer

We reported last week the sad news of the third Red-Shouldered hawk egg not hatching in the foreseeable future. However, it was not all bad news with there being two, seemingly, healthy baby hawks that were hatched and striving in their nest.

With a continuous watch of the hawk camera during the first week, it was obvious to see one of the hawks was a bit stronger and more dominant than the other. The GS Wildlife Center Facebook page reported that one of the baby hawks has now passed away leaving one baby hawk alive out of three.

According to a Facebook post by the GS Wildlife Center, “The science reveals to us that roughly 50%-70% of young raptors do not survive the first year of life with many of the deaths occurring in the nest. In the case of our nesting hawks, the death could be attributed to inexperience on the part of the adults. Should they be unable to secure enough food to feed both young, one- usually the smaller and younger, is sure to perish.”

It is seemingly just how nature works, and there was a silver lining of one baby hawk being able to grow up. This is now not the truth, the final baby hawk has now disappeared as well. There is speculation that the Great Horned Owl took the last remaining baby hawk to feed its own babies. The speculation comes from one viewer of the live stream.

“The individual then disclosed that while watching last night at around 8:00 pm a much larger bird made several flights at the nest. While the lighting was poor both the bird’s size and telltale “horns” could easily be seen,” written in a GS Wildlife Facebook post.

The live stream of the hawks’ nest has officially ceased.