21189Re: [Saskbirds] Matador Area Birds
- Aug 16, 2011:-)
> Yesterday I thought something must have happened to 3U, one of the--
> four Swainson's Hawk chicks from the laneway nest. The other three,
> 4U, 5U, and 6U, were on fences near the nest, in eyesight of each
> other but much more spread out than last week. I checked several times
> through the day, but never saw 3U (most likely a male by
> measurements). This morning, however, all four were strung out on the
> I thought that would be my highlight for the day.
> But later on, the aerial display of the dozen or so adult Swainson's
> Hawks dropping out of the sky into the lentil stubble, as the combines
> uncovered voles, was nothing short of spectacular. A couple of the
> hawks hit the ground so hard I thought they might break something.
> Most years, I can't tempt SWHAs with rodents at this time of year, the
> hawks much preferring the superior protein content of grasshoppers to
> mice or voles. But, we have very few grasshoppers this year. The hawks
> ate so many voles that I wondered if they might be too heavy to fly.
> As we moved out of the field, the hawks were just standing around.
> So, I figured that would be the highlight.
> But... just after dark, when the lentil straw toughened, and lightning
> flashed in all directions, we shut down and headed for home. The sweet
> clover is three feet high on the edges of the road and the crops are
> very good, so the narrow road is the only open area. Fortunately, I
> wasn't going fast so I was able to brake before hitting the owl as it
> rose right in front of me. I really like Short-eared Owls, so it's
> always a treat to see one. But then, there was another one, and
> another, and another. Altogether, there were six Short-eared Owls on
> the way home, all rising from the middle of the road, ducking and
> diving into the night.
> Very cool. The highlight of the day.
> Matador, Sk
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