A Prairie Stroll
As you may recall, back during my time working with Ferruginous hawks in Saskatchewan, I didn’t get to blog as much as I would have liked. So here is a walk down memory lane kind of post.
We checked each of our nests on a weekly basis. Some were just a short stroll from the road, and some required a bit of hiking, up to about 1.2 km. This particular nest was about an 800 m walk, but we had to cross a tall hayfield, then work our way around a pond and across a stream. But once we got past that, over a little hill, it was a nice walk in native prairie, if we ignored the fact that we were dripping in sweat. I seem to recall it always being the hot days when I went there! These are some photos from my last visit in late July.
Just as I crested the hill, I saw three bucks, although only two were close enough together for a photograph.
and this one, probably the youngest, still in the nest tree. The nest had been damaged and was partially fallen. There was probably a 3rd fledgling out there; it’s a big prairie for them to hide in! Both parents were circling and calling as I searched the area.