Observation Log 2009
GBB=Gauranty Bank building
BBB=Broadway Bank Building
BBQ=Bill Miller BBQ
Green text identifies significant
8:50AM ARRIVAL! Male
Swainson’s glides from west to to east to intercept three
vultures and one Red-shouldered Hawk circling south of GBB and
CNB. After gliding with those birds a few moments, the hawk
drifted towards the south of FNB. Then the hawk drew its wings in and
extended its legs downward. It dropped steeply in a rapid dive to
within 50’ of one of its last year’s nest, leveled off and shot past,
swooping up to perch in the bare branches of a tree 25 yards SW from
that nest. Those branches were three feet from another previous
year’s hawk nest. No sign of the mate. The male remained there without
moving until 12:01.
12:01 The male inched out two feet further on the limb and
remained in place through 4:32PM
and probably through the night as well.
Dark, cloudy, SE breeze.
No sign of any Swainson’s Hawks, presumably still resting. Sun
came out at 2:53 but still no hawk.
4:30PM no sign of the hawk today
heavy clouds, mild temperature, SE breeze.
8:47 through 5:00PM No hawks
5:00PM Male gliding over the intersection of 410 and Nacagdoches.
Dark, misty, damp ground, 60 degrees
Big thunder and rainstorm 11:00AM to 1:30PM, then clearing.
No hawks seen all day at the nest area.
5:00PM Male spotted at intersection of 410 and IH 35, about 2
miles east of nest area, hunting.
Heavy overcast, damp, 62 degrees
8:50AM-1_38PM No hawks seen
1:39PM FEMALE ARRIVES!
She soars to the center of the
nest territory with feet dangling, plunges through the canopy, and does
a snap roll as the male approaches from the 410-I35 intersection.
1:48PM Female lands in the canopy just south of last year’s nest.
Male is circling the perimeter of the breeding territory, currently on
the north side of 410.
2:00PM through 3:30PM No hawks visible.
3:32PM Male zoomed up to the face of CBB for updrafts.
3:34PM One adult hunting between CBB and Wells Fargo.
3:38PM Both adults hunting and enjoying soaring between CBB and
Dense overcast morning, calm, 55 degrees
No hawks seen today, female probably resting from migration and male
probably either perching nearby or back out at 410-I35 intersection.
Partly cloudy, very light east breeze, 60 degrees
9:43AM Female floating at 70’ altitude 100 yards south of CBB,
11:46AM One adult is soaring over last year’s nest at 60-100’
12:41 One adult, probably the male is circling at 50 to 200’
altitude 100 yards south of CBB.
Nearly clear skies with a gentle breeze after lunch hour.
1:50PM Both adults hunting between loop 410 and 300 yards south
and between CBB and Nacagdoches at 70 to 300’ altitude.
Heavy overcast, 45 degrees.
By lunch hour clouds have decreased to light overcast.
2:20PM One adult at 200-300’ altitude, hunting between FNB and
south of CBB and old nestsite.
Clear, windy with high NW wind, 60 degrees.
10:42AM One adult swooping at 100-150’ altitude near FNB.
11:40AM One adult struggling to hunt at canopy level 100 yards
south of last year’s nest.
1:12PM One adult swooping around canopy top level. It is
joined by the other adult who launches from a tree. The two
adults soar together for two minutes. Then both come down and
land in the canopy 75 yards south of last years nest.
3:07PM One adult hunting west and south of GBB at 75-125’
Clear, calm, 55 degrees.
9:02AM One adult hunting at canopy level. Since no breeze,
soaring is interrupted by a lot of flapping. This occurring 200
yards SW of last years nest.
3:04PM One adult at 60’ altitude between CBB and GBB, spirals up
to 120’, then drifts north over loop 410.
3:37PM Male glides between CBB and GBB, heading north, hunting.
4:11PM One adult, probably female circles over CBB.
Partly cloudy, north breeze, 48 degrees.
8:50AM One adult between GBB and nest area at 70-120’ altitude.
10:05AM Both adults loosely hunting together from CBB south at
11:00AM Strong breeze from the north developing.
11:15AM One adult hunting from CBB to FNB and up to 300 yards
south of FNB at 70-150’ altitude in strong breeze.
12:48 One adult soaring against CBB while hunting.
12:57 One adult hunting 300 yards south of CBB.
3:30PM Male hunting at 60-100’ altitude, 200 yards south of CBB
One adult perched on top of GBB,
for the first time this season.
No further observations this day.
Clear sky, nearly calm, 60 degrees.
8:50AM Both adults on GBB
roof. First time
this season for both to be on the roof.
9:28AM-4:00PM no birds visible.
4:00PM Female on GBB roof.
4:05PM Female launches and drifts towards FNB. She is
definitely missing 1 or 2 primaries on the left wing.
Dark and overcast
9:00-9:15AM no birds
9:13AM Both adults on GBB roof, perched within 12 inches.
10:15AM Just the female remains on the roof, male off somewhere
10:16AM Female launched and circled north towards Tesoro
10:23AM Both adults are hunting together between CBB and GBB and
up to 200 yards south of there.
11:13AM Both adults soaring together in CBB updrafts.
11:46AM Male launches from GBB and begins soaring and circling at
200’ altitude between GBB and old nest.
3:06PM Female is soaring on updrafts of GBB, then drifts towards
FNB. She then appears to dive directly below a low landing Cessna
approaching the E-W runway.
4:02PM Male is hunting at canopy level 150 yards south of
CBB. Female is on GBB roof edge.
9:33AM Both adults hunting at or just above canopy tops between
CBB, GBB, and old nest.
11:07AM Female is soaring at 250’ altitude(high) above GBB.
11:40AM Both adults are
playing tag with the GBB building corners and windows at about 6th
floor level. They do this several times each season, just
gently touching the concrete or glass vertical sides with their feet as
they circle closely. They are always flying closely together, or
at least within 20 feet of each other when they engage in this tag game.
11:42AM Both adults landed on GBB and copulated
immediately. This is also part of the tag game. Male left
female’s back and drifted off west past CBB but immediately
returned to GBB and floated over female about 10’ above her.
11:44AM Male remains floating over GBB while the female remains
perched on the south edge.
1:15PM Female is soaring at 125’ past CBB.
2:11PM The pair engage in
tandem flying at 70’ altitude, slightly low for this activity,
but otherwise pretty common for the early breeding season behavior.
3:45PM More formation flying.
4:08PM Both birds, sometimes together, sometimes separately
circling GBB top floor and floating just above the roof.
4:15PM Both adults landed in canopy within nest area, about
100’north of last year’s nest.
4:17PM Both adults are back in the air and flapping over to GBB
where they begin circling.
Clear sky, very gentle breeze, 50 degrees.
9:01AM Both adults on GBB roof.
9:10-10:30AM Birds pretty active moving around, soaring and
flying amongst old nests.
10:30AM-4:30PM Birds moving occasionally throughout the day but
no formation flying.
8:43AM Both adults circling
Broadway Bank, female touching the corners in the tag game.
9:16AM Both adults back circling GBB. Male landed
first. When female landed 30 seconds later, the male hopped onto
her, copulated, then launched and soared around GBB roof while female
perched on roof edge.
9:31AM Female still on GBB roof while male hunts at 80’ altitude
150 yards south of CBB.
12:33 Both adults on GBB.
1:06PM Both adults soaring between CBB and GBB.
1:34PM Both adults back on GBB roof edge.
Dark, heavy overcast, 62 degrees, streetlights are on.
8:49AM One adult on GBB roof.9:52AM Both adults circling
upper floors and roof of GBB.
10:30AM Loud thunder and drizzle. Female is on GBB roof and
male is floating above the roof and occasionally circling the upper
10:33-11:51AM Both adults perched on south edge of GBB during the
1:20-2:53PM Both still perched there. Presumably pretty wet.
3:00PM Drizzle ends but birds remain planted through 3:30PM
3:31PM Both adults flapping together at 70' altitude 150 yards
south of CBB hunting.
3:40-3:42PM Both adults
flap back to GBB roof, male with a mouse or baby bird. Male hawk
is pursued by a male grackle. On landing male transfers the prey
to the female. She takes the prey, launches and flies off
to the canopy very close to last year’s nest and disappears in the
foliage. The male remains on GBB roof.
4:11PM Male still on GBB roof.
4:13PM Female left canopy, male launched from GBB and both soared
to south face of CBB, for updrafts, then drifted north.
4:15PM Male has caught
mouse-sized prey and is being followed by both a male and female
grackle. The hawk
easily outdistances the grackles, flies
north over loop 410 while
eating the mouse or baby bird. Female hawk is in the air
above the male hawk. Female returns to GBB roof edge.
4:17PM Male hawk returns to GBB vicinity, still carrying most of the prey.
He swoops and dives in front of the female who is now perching on the
south edge of the GBB. He then lands about 4’ back from the edge
and shares the prey with the female. Male launches and
floats over the GBB roof, then floats down to the female’s back and
4:22PM Both adults left GBB while I was writing.
4:24PM Both adults hang in the air for a minute or so, then while
the male continues to float over GBB, the female circles GBB a half
dozen times at top floor level, then rejoins the male floating 30’
above the roof. They then swoop and dive. Both birds circle
GBB twice, then the female leads
the pair in close formation flying with the male 30’ behind and
slightly above towards Wells Fargo building.(Female always leads in formation flying
and male is usually slightly above)
4:30PM Both birds have doubled back and begun loose hunting
together from 30-50’ altitude between GBB and FNB.
4:32PM No success in their hunting effort this time., both
circling GBB again, then back north of loop 410 for more hunting.
4:36PM Female returns and lands on GBB roof edge. Male
arrives but circles instead then floats 30’ above the roof.
4:44PM Female is still on GBB but male is now off riding updrafts
against CBB, then he is off towards Wells Fargo.
4:46PM Male returns with
more prey! A male and female pair of grackles pursue him.
Male flaps to GBB roof where he shares the prey with the female.
Dark, rain alternating with drizzle. 68 degrees, streetlights are
on it is so dark.
9:30AM Thunder and electricity interruption.
10:49AM A break in the drizzle but still pretty dark and heavy
overcast. Both adult Swainson’s just flew over to GBB and circled
the upper floors a few times in formation flight. One adult
landed on the roof and walked away from the edge.
10:52AM Now that bird is back in the air and both are floating
20’ above the GBB roof. The female leads the male around GBB then
lands on the roof. The male ands on the female and copulates,
then lifts off and floats above the roof. After a few moments he
lands on the roof edge with the perched female.
11:20AM Both are still on the roof, still dark and some
11:46AM Heavy Rain.
Both adults still on the roof and in view.
12:31 Rain varying from
heavy to light. One adult visible on the roof, other presumed
just out of sight on the roof but away from the edge.
1:08PM Both adults on GBB
1:49PM Not as dark,
streetlights are off but still heavy overcast. Rain has just
stopped. Both adults still on the roof.
2:42PM Male launches and is floating over GBB while female
3:10PM Male comes back from hunting and has prey. Female
launches and follows the male round and round GBB. She touches
the sides of GBB on several passes. The male proceeds to circle and float
while eating the prey on the wing. Female gives up and
lands on GBB roof.
3:14PM Male lands and finally shares what is left of the prey
with the female on GBB roof.
4:25PM Female is floating above GBB. Now female leads male in tandem soaring
around GBB, touching the building corners.
4:30PM Female lands on GBB roof while male continues round and
round, touching the glass sides this time instead of the concrete
corners. Then the male drops down on top of the female and
Clear, calm, 55 degrees
9:02-9:19AM Female on GBB roof.
9:27AM Male is soaring 200 yards south of CBB, glides east
towards GBB, then banks and circles downward towards last year’s
nest, ;landing in the lower canopy out of sight near the old nest
9:33AM Female is back on GBB roof edge. Male now arrives
and circles GBB once, then lands next to female.
9:39AM Both adults out of sight.
9:42AM One adult on GBB roof again, other appears gliding to the
rooftop from the south with prey. The bird with prey appears to
be the female but lighting angle is poor so not positive. The adult with prey lands on GBB roof a
few feet back from the edge and shares the prey with it’s mate.
9:45AM Male is now circling GBB roof, meaning the female must be
left with most of the prey, still eating.
9:46AM No birds visible.
10:27AM Both adults on GBB roof.
10:40AM No birds visible again.
10:42AM Female is perched on the GBB roof edge while the male
circles the roof.
10:50AM While the female remains perched, the male drifts off
somewhere hunting to the north.
Male is perched on GBB roof Female circles 100 yards south of GBB
at 70-100’ altitude. Female drifts towards last year’s nest and
lands in a Live Oak next to the old nest. She then moves to the
tree containing the nest and drops down into the nest itself.
This marks the beginning of nesting behavior for this season.
11:15AMFemale launches from last
year’s nest, lands in a Chinese Tallow tree next to Nacagdoches and the
GBB parking lot. She breaks off a one-quarter inch or one-half
inch dead limb just over a foot long and returns to the 2008 nest with
it. This indicates she has chosen to fix the old nest up for this
season’s nesting rather than one of the other old nests, or an entirely
11:20AM Both adults on GBB.
11:39AM No birds visible Lost track of them while adjusting
a spotting scope tripod but they are probably soaring together north of
11:43AM Female appears and
drops to the tallow tree, grabs a 14” dead limb about a quarter-inch in
diameter and carries it to the chosen nest.
12:24 Both birds on GBB roof.
1:12PM Female again goes to the nest and drops into it. Her
approach this morning has been to glide to it and just drop in
vertically from above by relaxing her wings above her head. There
may be protruding limbs grown since the nest was first built early last
season requiring the more complex entry.
1:40PM Both adults on GBB roof but perched 20 feet apart.
1:56PM Adults have moved together on the roof edge.
1:58PM Female launches,
glides to the tallow tree, snatches a twig, and soars over to the nest,
dropping into it from above.
1:59PM Female launches from the nest and heads back to the tallow
tree while male remains perched on GBB roof.
2:02-2:06PM Female rummages
about in the tallow tree, disturbing several White-winged doves.
At 2:06PM she leaves the tree with several small one-quarter to one
eighth inch diameter twigs, a foot long or less and takes them to the
nest. Male is still on GBB roof.
2:08PM Female flies from the nest towards FNB at low altitude,
either hunting prey or hunting more sticks. Male still on GBB
2:17PM Female is soaring and hunting at 90’ altitude between CBB
2:30PM Both adults now on GBB roof.
2:40PM Both adults launch and go on a joint soaring tour around
the local area.
3:00PM Female is carrying another twig to the nest.
3:22AM Male is on GBB roof.3:47PM Both adults on GBB roof.
4:04PM Both adults circling
mid-level floors of the GBB playing tag and touching building corners.
Male then soars about 30’ above GBB, circles once and lands on the
roof. Female circles GBB several additional times then she lands
on the roof. Male hops onto female and copulates.
Clear, 55 degrees, gentle southerly breeze.
9:00-9:40AM Both adults hunting, mostly singly and occasionally
landing on GBB.
10:20AM Male flew to nest
while female waited on GBB.(not the other way around as yesterday)
I was looking through a camera viewfinder and could not tell if he was
carrying nest material, but after about a minute he left the nest, flew
back to the GBB roof and copulated with the perched female. The
male then floated over GBB about a minute, then began hunting around
CBB The female stayed on GBB roof.
10:30-11:00AM The male
hunted and went to and from the nest twice, also copulated twice with
the female who is still on the GBB roof.
11:17AM The male is soaring a little high, at 200-400’ altitude
above CBB and GBB while the female is still on GBB.
11:20AM Male descends and copulates with the female on GBB
roof. Both then perch together until 11:35.
11:35AM The male launches
and goes into a shallow dive and goes into the tallow tree behind the
GBB parking lot on Nacagdoches where the female was gathering nest
11:45AM The male leaves the
tallow tree and goes to the nest. Could not tell if he had nest
11:48AM Male leaves the
nest. It apears the male has picked up the female's behavior
pattern from yesterday.
12:27 Female on GBB roof.
1:01PM No birds visible.
2:10-2:12PM Female is
sitting in the nest while the male is now perched on GBB roof, roles
reversed again. I think the nest refurbishing is finished and
that both adults are mostly forming the nest cup or concavity.
They do a lot of squatting and turning around.
2:30PM No birds visible.
2:40PM Both adults appear and are soaring together. They
drift north over towards Tesoro bldgs.
3:20-4:40PM No birds visible
4:40PM Male appears from
the north across loop 410 with large prey. He drifts at 120’
until he is over the nest then drops vertically to the nest but lands
close, not in the nest. After a minute, he launches and flies to
GBB with the prey, or what is left of it and there the female appears
from the unseen portion of the roof. He shares momentarily then
takes off with the prey soaring back north with the remnants.
4:50-4:59PM No birds visible.
I took about 30 minutes of video today of the pair coming and going
from the nest, tallow tree, and GBB roof. I caught at least one
of the verticval dives by the male down to the female on the roof.
Clear, south breeze, 60 degrees
8:50AM Both adults circling BBB.
9:00AM Both adults on GBB.
9:17AM Female is moving around in the nest while the male is
soaring above GBB.
9:19AM Male launched and drifted north of loop 410 while female
continues tinkering with the nest.
9:33AM Male on GBB roof. Female is circling GBB, then
lands. Male hops up on her and copulates.
9:35AM Male takes off and soars north of loop 410 while the
female stays on GBB roof.
9:37AM Male is now soaring against CBB. Breeze is picking
up to 10mph.
10:13AM Both adults are perched side by side on GBB roof edge.
11:04AM One adult on GBB roof, other soaring against CBB for
11:27AM One adult at the nest, other adult not visible.
12:18 One adult on GBB roof. Cannot tell if other is at the
1:34PM No birds visible.
1:40PM One adult floating
above GBB with prey. It dove into
the tallow tree across from the GBB back parking lot, spooking out a
Blue Jay. I assume it went in there to eat the prey out of the
1:43PM Other adult just appeared and landed on GBB roof.
2:16PM Female perched on GBB roof, male soaring above GBB, rising
to 250’ altitude.
2:20PM Female on GBB roof
with a Mockingbird for company.
2:49PM No birds visible.
3: PM No further observations this day.
Partly cloudy, moderate breeze from the south, 65 degrees, overcast by
8:55AM One adult floating and circling over GBB.
9:00AM Male is hunting at 80’ altitude between CBB and GBB.
9:13AM Female just launched from GBB and soared off towards
FNB. Male not in sight.
9:42AM Female is hunting at 60-90’ altitude between the nest and
9:43AM Female circled back to GBB and is soaring above GBB on
updrafts. She then rose to 150-200’ altitude and drifted over the
9:50AM Female is drifting to 200 yards south of CBB and
descending to 100-130’ altitude, still hunting. No birds at the
nest. Male is not currently visible.
9:59AM Both adults landed on GBB roof. Male immediately
hopped on female and copulated.
10:00AM Male launches and
does a shallow dive from GBB roof to a
nearby tallow tree behind GBB back parking lot. He flaps around
within the tree a minute emerging with a fist-full of 12 to 16 inch
long twigs. He then flaps over to the nest by a circuitous
to gain altitude for soaring instead of just flapping directly
there. Once at the nest, he drops in from six feet over the nest.
10:05AM Female launches from GBB as male reaches the nest.
10:40AM Male is at the nest.
10:45AM Male at the nest just flew off, going north towards FNB
at very low altitude, gaining altitude just before FNB, turns toward
GBB gaining more altitude, circles GBB, then drifts north of loop 410.
10:49AM Male returned and landed on GBB roof edge.
10:50AM Male left GBB and soared on updrafts at BBD, then
drifted over to Tesoro. No activity at the nest.
11:13AM Female riding updrafts at CBB.
11:45AM No birds visible.
12:43 Male on GBB roof. No birds at the nest. Male
launched and floated above GBB about a minute then rose to 150’
altitude and began doing swoops and dives between GBB and nest.
After another minute the male returned to a position above GBB and
floated there several more minutes.
12:50AM No birds visible.
1:09PM Male on GBB roof.
1:11PM Male left GBB roof in a shallow dive to a spot on or near
the ground 50 yards north of the nest. Female is now at the nest.
1:13PM Male flies from down
near the ground up to the nest.
Female moves around in the nest.
1:15PM Both adults leave the
nest, fly between GBB and FNB and
cross loop 410, then begin circling BBB. Both float above BBB a
minute before banking and drifting over to Tesoro bldg.
1:18PM Both adults return to
GBB. Male lands on female’s
back even before she is landed. They copulate on GBB roof edge.
1:21PM Male leaves female’s
back without stepping down. He
floats 15 to 20 feet above GBB a few moments, then drifts to CBB
more updrafts, then glides out to the south of GBB at 80 to 120’
altitude hunting. Female stays on GBB roof edge.
1:25PM Male is back floating 30’ above GBB roof while the female
still remains perched.
1:26PM The male drifts back to CBB and floats above there awhile.
1:27PM Male drops into an elm tree adjacent to CBB to grab
something but leaves without prey, going north across loop 410.
2:21PM Female on GBB roof, male is soaring at south side of CBB.
3:03PM Male is on GBB roof.
3:18PM Female appears from the
north with small prey and lands on GBB as if to share prey with the
male. However after a moment she launches, still holding the prey
and leads the male in formation flight around the upper floors of
GBB. They then circle BBB. Female then descends to the
ground near the base of the nest tree. Male is no longer in
sight. This is possibly the instinct to bring prey to the nest,
developing before there is anything to bring food to.
3:56PM Female on GBB roof edge.3:57PM Male appears, drops
to the female, copulates, lifts off, glides to the nest vicinity at
100-120’ altitude, then swoops his way back through the sky to float
above GBB. He then drifts north across loop 410. Meanwhile
the female hangs out on GBB roof with a Mockingbird.
4:08PM Both adults are in formation flight around upper floors of
GBB. Female leads, neither has prey.
4:18-430PM Female on GBB roof, male hunting low at 50-80’
altitude between CBB and GBB.
4:30-4:40PM Male is soaring against CBB for updrafts.
Female on GBB.
Overcast, occasional sprinkles, south breeze, 65 degrees
8:48AM Both adults on GBB roof.
8:50AM Female still on GBB roof, male not visible
8:55AM Female launched and joined the male who is circling
GBB. Male now floats above GBB. Female joins him and they
both drift off south going past nest area. Both land in a tall
open hackberry tree 150 yards SW of the nest.
9:00AM Both adults fly to
the nest. One settles into the nest, other perches n the edge.
9:05AM Male is hunting and soaring south of GBB, then over loop
410. Female out of sight.
9:09AM Male is back on GBB roof. Don’t see the female.
9:12AM Male left GBB roof, glided to the nest area, banked, and
descended below canopy doing a fast glide NE towards FNB to about
ground level, hunting.
9:14AM No birds visible.
9:50AM One adult in nest. It is getting dark, some parking
lot lights turning on.
9:55AM Male just left the nest and flew off north between GBB and
FNB, then soared north of loop 410. Cannot tell if female is at
the nest or elsewhere.
10:02AM Male came back to GBB, circled once, floated above, then
landed on the roof edge.
10:20AM No birds visible.
10:30AM One adult on the
10:31AM Other adult lands at
the nest with a twig. Both birds then leave the nest and fly off.
10:35AM One adult is flapping at canopy level between the nest
and FNB, hunting.
10:37AM No birds visible.
10:46AM Male on GBB roof. Drizzle is past
10:48AM Momentary sunshine. Male is above GBB, swooping and
11:08AM Female on GBB roof edge. Male is floating and
soaring above GBB. He then soars off north of loop 410.
11:18AM Both adults on GBB roof edge.
11:45AM One adult on GBB roof.
1:06PM Both adults at the
nest. Male just left and went back to floating above GBB.
Partly cloudy now.
1:53PM Female on GBB roof edge. Male is flying east from south of CBB
to towards GBB with prey. Male goes around far side of GBB for
updrafts and rises to float above GBB, then glides down to the ground
50 yards north of the nest. Female launches and follows the
2:10PM Both adults circling GBB.
2:15PM No further observations this day,
Light overcast, south breeze, 70 degrees.
8:50AM No birds visible.
8:54AM One adult on GBB roof, other is circling GBB.
8:56-9:07AM One adult on GBB roof, other stomping around in the
9:40AM Both adults on GBB roof, getting more overcast.
10:25AM Both still on roof.
10:36AM One adult on GBB roof, other soaring nearby.
10:37AM One adult still soaring but other gone from roof and not
10:38-11:45AM One adult on GBB roof.
11:45AM Starting to drizzle.
12:50 One adult still on
GBB roof, pretty dark with some streetlights on. Raining, breeze
has shifted to being from the north.
1:03PM No birds visible.
1:18PM Blowing rain.
2:10PM No birds visible.
2:15PM Male is soaring
above GBB in a windy drizzle.
2:24PM No birds visible, drizzle stopping.
2:32PM Female circling GBB.
4:25PM One adult on GBB roof, precipitation is over.
4:49PM Female is on GBB
roof, male is soaring around the roof with prey.
Light fog, 68 degrees, faint north breeze.
8:53AM No birds visible.
11:00AM Weak south breeze now.
11:06AM Still no birds visible.
11:19AM-1:00PM Male is on
GBB roof while female is on the nest.
1:02PM Male launched and floated around the vicinity, female
still on the nest.
1:08PM Male is hunting 300 yards south SE of the nest at canopy
1:26PM Female perched on GBB roof edge while male floats just
above GBB roof.
1:17PM Male lands next to the female.
1:28PM Male is at 150’ altitude, above GBB , female still on GBB
1:41PM Male still floating around above GBB roof while female
still perches there.
2:02PM Female still on roof but male not visible.
2:20-2:40PM Both adults
flying together, first around GBB, then around the immediate
vicinity. Then female lands on GBB roof followed by the male who
lands on the female’s back and copulates. Then both adults fly
2:43PM Female not visible but male is soaring around.
3:51PM No birds visible.
4:40PM Female is on GBB
roof while male is hunting east of the nest. Male then circles
back to float above the perching female.
4:45PM Both adults do formation flying and swooping around GBB.
Overcast, south breeze, mild, humid
9:00AM One adult on GBB roof.
9:22AM Both adults on GBB roof copulating.
9:38AM Adults are in loose formation flying between nest and GBB.
9:56AM The male is hunting at 60-90’ altitude roughly over the
10:00AM Male is now circling at 70-100’ just north of Loop
410. A male grackle chases him although the hawk has no prey.
10:05AM The male is back
floating between GBB and the nest at 100’
altitude. A Red-shouldered Hawk is also circling the same area
not challenged by the Swainson’s Hawk. The female is not
11:08-11:20AM The male has
prey north of Loop 410 and is soaring around on updrafts.
12:19 One adult is on the nest.
12:50 The male is soaring above BBQ.
1:06-5:06PM No hawks visible.
No observations prior to 11:00AM
11:00AM Partly cloudy, mild south breeze, 78 degrees.
11:05AM One adult at the nest gets up and flies off towards FNB,
gaining altitude. On circling over loop 410 it is joined by the
mate and both soar together.
11:09AM Adults are still in
formation flight at GBB and loop 410 area, dangling their legs
slightly, not hunting, just playing.
11:17AM One adult back on GBB roof
12:57 Male on GBB roof, female not visible.
2:12PM Female on GBB
roof. Male floated above a minute or two then glided in a shallow
dive to the nest. He descended to the base of the nest tree at
high speed and swooped vertically up 50’, banked over and began hunting
at canopy height around the nest.
2:15PM Male landed at the nest but within a minute took off,
flying to loop 410 between GBB and FNB where he was joined by the
female who had just launched from GBB roof. They then soared
together over loop 410, drifting off towards Tesoro bldg.
2:18PM Male returned to GBB and floated above the roof, female
2:23PM Female just landed at the nest and settled into it.
The male is floating around above GBB.
2:57PM One adult is settled in the nest, other not visible.
3:15PM Male has prey held
in one talon, soaring above BBB, north of loop 410 but moving
south. The male glided straight to the nest, descending and
speeding up on approach. However he landed on the ground at the
base of the nest tree rather than at the nest and is out of
sight behind foliage at the ground.
3:40PM One adult in the nest, settled. Other adult is not
4:05PM No birds visible but one could be in the nest.
4:16PM Female just left the nest, male is perched on GBB.
4:17PM Adults copulate on GBB roof.
4:18PM Female stays on GBB roof, male leaves, flying off over
loop 410 towards Tesoro bldg.
4:20PM One adult, probably the female, on GBB roof.
Overcast, calm, but clouds show south breeze, 72 degrees
8:21AM Male on GBB roof.
8:30AM Male made a short flight towards the nest in dead air,
couldn’t find enough lift to soar, so flapped back to GBB.
8:45-9:10AM No birds visible, faint breeze now.
9:11-11:00AM One adult on GBB roof.
11:35-11:46AM Male is soaring against CBB.
12:25 Female is leading
male round and round GBB at mid-level.
12:27 Male is circling high
above GBB, around 150-200’ altitude and female is not visible.
12:30 Female comes gliding
in at 200-300’ altitude and both soar at 200-300’ altitude and are
joined by a Red-shouldered Hawk in what has turned out to be a thermal.
12:32 Female is at 250’
above GBB and male is at 400’ above GBB. A vulture is at 600’
altitude above both.
12:35 The female has slowly
descended and now lands on GBB roof edge. The male also comes
down and circles at 150’ altitude above CBB.
12:37 Female launched from GBB and glided to the nest, perching
on the nest edge awhile. Male not in sight.
Male is circling with prey over GBB roof, gaining altitude to 150’.
Male begins the glide down to the nest.
female leaves the nest to meet the male halfway. They latch
talons, both gripping the prey and fall vertically 50’ in altitude
before the male lets go, giving the female possession of the
prey. The female drifts around between the nest and loop 410 for
seven minutes holding the prey and gliding at 70-100’ altitude.
The Male follows above at 150-200’ altitude.
Female tires of drifting with the prey and sets a long glide down to
the nest area. She gains speed and at high speed disappears at
ground level at the base of the nest tree behind foliage.
She does not go up to the nest but remains on or very near the ground
with the prey.
12:59 No birds visible.
1:05PM Male has landed on GBB roof and is preening.
1:08PM Male launches and soars a little, then glides down to the
base of the nest tree where female had disappeared but is
probably still eating the prey.
1:11PM Both adults launch from the ground or close to the ground
and gain altitude, then begin formation flying for a minute.
1:12PM Male is floating
above GBB but decides to glide down to the nest where he lands on the
edge, then settles into the nest.
1:13PM Meanwhile the female
shows up from somewhere north of loop 410 and lands on GBB roof, male
still settled on the nest.
1:26PM One adult, probably still the male, is on the nest while
other adult is not in sight.
1:30-3:10PM No observations
3:14PM Female is soaring at BBB at 70-90’ altitude while male is
swooping and diving far above GBB around 150-300'’altitude.
3:27PM Both adults in formation flying around GBB.
It appears the
nest is now occupied about 70% of the time so full-time incubation is
about to start and at least one egg is probably laid.
No further observations this day
Partly cloudy, south breeze, 70 degrees.
today's activities incubation has begun.
8:45AM One adult on GBB, other not visible.
8:53AM No birds visible.
9:20AM Male is on GBB, female
is on the nest.
9:35AM Male on GBB launches, glides towards the nest, passes over
it, and continues a ways south to hunt at 60-90’ altitude.
9:52AM Male is back on GBB.
10:03AM Male leaves GBB roof, circles a few times in dead air and
10:17AM Male is gone again but female is still on the nest.
10:30-10:49AM Male is back
on GBB roof.
10:54AM Male is gone again.
11:23AM Female is on GBB
preening. Male is on the nest. I missed the transfer.
11:25AM Female launches from GBB when pestered by a Mockingbird.
11:27AM Male leaves the
nest unattended and flies off toward the female who is drifting
in GBB updrafts. Female
leads the male in two circles around GBB at mid to upper story
level, then lands back on GBB roof. Male then floats above GBB
roof for a minute.
11:29AM Female launches and both
glide in a loose formation flight at 150’ altitude with the male about
30’ above the female.
11:32AM Female lands again on GBB roof while the male continues
to soar at 125-150’ altitude between GBB and the nest
11:33AM Male descends and
glides to the nest and settles in. This marks a six minute
interval when the nest has been unoccupied. This is pretty short
so at least an egg or two must be in the nest.
11:35AM Female leaves GBB
and joins the male at the nest.
11:45AM I think both adults are still at the nest, it is
definitely still occupied based on movement there.
12:53 Male is circling over
loop 410, drifting south at 100’ altitude. It appears the male
took about a 45 minute turn incubating this morning.
12:58 Male landed on GBB roof. Nest is occupied by the
1:17PM Male is soaring between GBB and CBB at 90-125’ altitude.
1:19PM Male glides down towards the occupied nest, flaring just
before the nest and goes on to hunt in the vicinity. Female does
not move off the nest.
1:22PM Female leaves the
nest and both adults fly north of loop 410 at 60-80’ altitude.
This marks the second time today
the nest is left unattended and is from 2-42 minutes in duration.
1:24PM Female returns to GBB and circles GBB roof, then lands
there. Cannot tell if male is on the nest.
2:04PM No birds visible except for an adult occasionally moving
on the nest.
2:27PM Male on GBB roof, female on the nest.
3:32PM Female still on the nest, male is hunting at 40-70’
altitude between CBB, GBB, and Tesoro bldg.
3:38PM Male has risen to 400’ altitude and is above the nest.
4:30PM Male is on GBB roof.
5:09PM Male not visible.
Overcast, south breeze, 72 degrees,
8:51AM One adult on GBB roof.
8:54AM No birds visible. Cannot tell for certain if nest is
occupied but expect it is.
9:00-10:58AM No observations
10:58AM Female is on the nest while the male is soaring just
south of CBB.
1:00PM No birds visible. Cannot tell if nest id occupied
but expect it is.
2:11PM Nest is occupied as there is occasional movement in it.
2:35PM Female is circling the top floors of GBB and floating
above GBB. Male not visible so probably stuck on the nest.
2:54PM Male now floating above GBB while female is seen on the
nest. Visible missing
primaries in left wing of the female when soaring allow easy
identification of this particular pair of adults.
2:57PM Female still on the nest but male is not visible.
3:36PM No birds in the sky, cannot tell about the nest at this
4:13PM Male is gliding around at 125’, hunting between BBB and
CBB. Still cannot see into nest tree with lighting as it is.
4:16PM Male drifted back north of loop 410, still hunting.
4:41PM Movement at the nest shows it is occupied. Other
adult not visible.
Overcast, south breeze, 72 degrees
8:38AM No birds visible. Nest looks occupied but cannot
tell for sure.
9:07AM The male is floating above GBB.
9:09AM Male has landed on GBB roof.
9:18-9:35AM Slight movement on the nest shows it is and has been
occupied all morning by the female. The male is still on GBB roof.
9:49AM No birds visible.
10:07AM Female is now on GBB roof and movement at the nest shows
the male is now there.
10:35AM No birds visible.
10:37AM Male is on GBB roof so female must have gone back to
11:05AM Both adults are
hovering over GBB roof. The female lands on the roof and the male
lands on her and copulates, then he launches off her back and
immediately glides to the nest and settles down. Female stays on
11:22AM Male is back on GBB roof, expect female is back on the
11:39AM No birds visible.
1:05PM Hot, mostly clear sky, light breeze.
1:08-201PM No birds visible and no movement at the nest.
2:54PM Nest is occupied but other adult is not visible.
4:06PM One adult is perched in the outer twigs of scrub oak below
and just west of the nest. Cannot tell if nest is occupied but
expect it is.
Overcast with a smoke type haze. Humid, calm and 72 degrees.
8:45-9:39AM Male is on GBB roof and no movement at the nest.
9:48AM Male is on GBB being pestered by a Mockingbird. He
launches, glides around a bit, then glides down into the canopy 25
yards south of the nest.
9:50-11:47AM No birds visible.
1:28PM Movement at the nest indicates it is occupied but other
adult is not visible.
13:30-4:12PM Only a few observations but no hawks seen.
4:34PM No birds visible
Light overcast, south breeze, 72 degrees.
8:51-9:10AM No birds visible.
10:00AM The male is floating against CBB south face for updrafts.
is hunting between CBB and GBB at 60-80’ altitude. He is missing a tail
10:30-11:41AM No birds visible.
No further observations this day.
Light overcast, SE breeze, 72 degrees.
8:40AM Male is on GBB roof.
8:43AM Male has left and flown north over BBQ.
8:48AM Male is back on GBB roof.
8:55AM Male glided down to a tree adjacent to the nest
tree. There, he was buzzed first by a Mockingbird, then by two
grackles. He launched and flew off north stopping somewhere near
the nest in the canopy but not at the nest.
10:27AM No birds visible.
11:48AM The female is
soaring south over loop 410 between GBB and CBB with prey. She
was eating in the air. She dropped the prey from about 100’ and
let it fall to the ground on Nacagdoches. The prey fell very
slowly so must have been mostly an empty carcass.
11:50-3:30PM No observations.
3:32-4:20PM The male is on GBB roof.
4:41PM No birds visible.
Partly cloudy, south breeze, 73 degrees.
8:50AM One adult on GBB roof, looks like the female probably.
9:22AM No birds visible.
9:39AM One adult on GBB roof, looks like probably the male.
10:52AM Male is on GBB roof.
11:15AM-1:15PM No birds visible.
2:00-4:00PM No observations.
4:04PM No birds visible.
Forgot to jot down the weather.
9:00AM One adult on GBB roof.
9:22AM The male is floating above GBB.
9:28AM The male glided down to the nest vicinity and landed in a
treetop adjacent to the nest tree.
9:32AM The male left the treetop and proceeded to hunt at canopy
11:44AM The male is hunting at Loop 410 and BBQ around 40-80’
1:00-4:45PM No birds visible.
Partly cloudy, south breeze, 74 degrees.
9:00-11:00AM No birds.
11:29AM One adult on GBB roof.
2:21PM The male is circling
against CBB updrafts with prey. The prey is a baby bird which he
is eating while on the wing and being pursued by grackles.
2:30-4:10PM No birds visible.
4:14PM The male is on GBB roof.
Light overcast, south breeze, damp, 73 degrees.
8:42AM No birds visible.
9:11AM One adult on the
nest, other is perched two feet above the nest.
9:12AM The perching adult just flew down and into the lower
9:29AM The female is on GBB roof.
9:45AM The female launched from GBB and descended into the canopy
100-200 yards south of he nest.
10:00-11:05AM No observations.
11:05AM No birds visible.
11:17AM The male is hunting over BBQ at 70-100’ altitude.
11:19AM The male is back on GBB roof, preening.
1:00PM No birds visible.
1:20PM The male is circling at 150’ altitude above GBB.
2:18-2:45PM No birds visible.
Clear sky, calm but light NE breeze by 10:40AM, 65-80 degrees.
8:50-10:24AM One adult on GBB roof.
10:25-10:31AM The Met Life dirigible motored
directly over the nest territory while the female was on the nest and
the male was perched on GBB. The Dirigible passed about 300-400
yards east of the actual nest. Neither bird had any visible
reaction. The blimp’s altitude was 400-800’ and was
traveling from downtown to the east side of the airport and crossed
loop 410 at about the Frost bank.
10:55AM The male is still on GBB roof.
11:30AM No birds visible.
1:13PM One adult on GBB roof.
2:04PM The male is hunting between GBB and CBB at 60’ altitude.
2:23PM No birds visible. There was an incubation swap between
2:04 and 2:45PM. At 2:23PM the male is on the nest.
2:45-3:10PM The female is on GBB roof, preening her tail feathers.
3:12PM No birds visible.
3:13PM The female has flown
to the nest and just landed. The male got up and flew off.
The female settled in on the nest.
3:18PM The male is hunting just north of loop 410 at 80-120’
3:31-4:04PM The male is gliding on updrafts at CBB and is still
missing a center tail feather.
4:18PM No birds visible.
4:30-4:35PM Both adults are
in the air briefly. The male is swooping and diving with 100’
dives between 50 and 150’ altitude while the female drifts around 70’
altitude, below the male most of the time. The female lands on
GBB roof. The male lands on the female, copulates,, lifts
off, and immediately starts a fast glide to the nest without
touching down on the roof. He drops right into the nest cup
without landing on a perch or nest edge first. The female remains
on GBB roof.
4:38-4:45PM The female is still on GBB roof preening her back.
Clear sky, faint NE breeze, 55 degrees.
8:40AM The male is on GBB roof.
9:10AM The male launches and drifts around.
9:30AM The male is back on GBB roof.
11:00-11:15AM No birds visible.
11:31AM The female is now on GBB roof, preening mainly back
11:45AM The female is out of sight but the male is circling at
100-150’ above the nest to FNB area.
12:37 No birds visible.
12:40-12:54 The female is on GBB roof several feet back from the
edge and is preening.
1:25PM The female, now back on the nest, is moving
slightly. The male just descended into the canopy within 100
yards of the nest but not at the nest.
4:17PM The male is hunting
south of CBB at 60-100’ altitude and then drifted over the nest.
He dropped to 70’ altitude and dangled his feet when passing the nest,
then soared back up to hunt some more from 70-100’ altitude.
4:36PM No birds visible.
calm, clear, 65 degrees
8:50-9:40AM No hawks visible.
9:41AM Weak east
breeze. Both male and female emerge from canopy around the nest,
and fly about two minutes. Then the female lands on GBB
roof. I was diverted then and did not get to track the male for a
9:45AM Male glided down to
the nest and dropped directly into it.
9:48AM Female still on GBB roof, preening while the male
10:14AM –3:30PM No birds visible.
3:32PM Male is hunting at 80-120’ altitude south of CBB.
4:15PM One adult on GBB roof.
4:19PM No birds visible.
4:22PM The female is on GBB roof, about 6’ back from the edge,
preening wing feathers.
4:24PM Female launches and soars north over loop 410.
4:40PM No birds visible.
Calm, clear, 60 degrees.
8:50AM One adult on GBB roof, looks like probably the male.
9:30AM One adult gliding over to the nest tree lands three feet
above the nest. No birds on GBB, cannot tell about the nest
9:42AM The adult is still perching 3’ above the nest, still
cannot tell about the nest.
10:15AM Female on GBB roof.
10:28AM-12:37 No birds visible.
1:30PM One adult soaring near CBB.
5:59PM No birds visible.
3:25PM Movement occasionally on the nest.
4:40PM No birds visible.
Partly cloudy, calm, 66 degrees.
8:25-8:45AM One adult on GBB roof.
8:55AM No birds visible, now overcast and clouds moving south.
9:50-10:03AM Male on GBB roof. Heavy overcast, calm, roving
10:07-11:21AM No birds visible.
No further observations this day.
Partly cloudy, damp, 72 degrees.
8:57AM No birds visible.
9:14AM One adult on GBB roof.
9:23-10:20AM No birds visible.
11:18AM Both adults on GBB
11:19AM Both adults launch
and soar for half a minute, then the male glides off to the nest,
landing directly in the nest cup. The female lands on GBB roof.
11:20AM Female lifts off GBB and circled GBB about three
times, landing again on the roof. Male still has the missing center tail
feather and female still has the two missing left wing feathers.
1:00-1:14PM No birds visible
2:12PM Both adults circling together at 200’ altitude over GBB.
2:31PM One adult at 150’ altitude dove down to the nest, landing
in a tree adjacent to the nest.
4:30PM No birds visible.
Heavy overcast, thunderstorm nearby, dark, calm, 70 degrees.
9:00AM No birds visible.
9:10-11:20AM No observations.
11:25AM Sky is clearing. One adult soaring between GBB and
11:39AM-2:34PM Sky now nearly clear. No birds visible.
2:39PM Female circled GBB, then drifted to vicinity of FNB.
Incubation swap sometime between
2:25 and 3:10PM
3:13PM Male is soaring on updrafts against CBB.
Another incubation swap between
3:20 and 4:04PM
4:08PM Female is soaring from south of CBB, past GBB, then turns
around and lands on GBB.
4:11PM Female went soaring south of CBB, hunting at 80-100’
altitude but found nothing and returned to GBB at 4:15PM
4:27PM No birds visible.
Incubation swap between 4:10 and
4:28PM One adult just left the nest tree and dropped down near or
on the ground. Male is flying in updrafts along CBB.
Clear, calm, 72 degrees.
8:47AM-3:20PM No birds visible.
3:25PM Female glided past CBB and GBB, banked right and descended
into the canopy 50 yards south of the nest, hunting.
4:25PM No birds visible.