Get a grip chick, it is only your first day out

getagrip.jpgHawk chick that is.  The nesting pair of Hawk’s came back as I reported last week.  This morning I was greeted to this chick, still with his downy feathers in places in my garden.  I suspect this one is a male given the bolder pattern on its feathers.

We watched him cower in the ground cover.  We turned our backs to grab cameras and he attempted to fly away only to get himself stuck in an awkward position.  I think he was as fearful of us as we were amazed by his presence.  (This pic will get bigger with a click)

During all of this Mr. Hawk was next to the nest watching over.  Mrs. Hawk was about hunting, depositing its catch atop power poles to soften before feeding the young.  (Hawks feed their chicks by eating, pre-digesting their kill then regurgitating into the chicks mouths). 

The big surprise is that we also found out that they had 2 chicks again this year.  The chicks should be learning to hunt on their own in a few more weeks.  The hunt is always interesting part of their learning curve.  Watching them learn to grab a squirrel or rat off a power line is one thing.  To see them pull a parrot out of the sky for lunch is the more amazing feat.  Buy the time they have the latter mastered the parents leave the chicks to fend for themselves. 

To see a few more pics you need to make the jump!

and just a little up close and personal…

All pics by me.  More of them can be found in my Urban Critters set on flickr.

13 thoughts on “Get a grip chick, it is only your first day out”

  1. Parrots… do they look like the kind you see in the zoo? I’ve not been here long, and I haven’t really been looking for parrots in the skies. Now I’ve got to start watching for them.

  2. Rumors Daily, we have several huge flocks of feral parrots in LA.

    West La is where I first heard of them.

    The SGV has a few flocks numbering in the 100’s each.

    All are not native birds, rather escapees from humans who had them as pets. Urban myth on the topic gives us all sorts of stories how we got them.

    The problem is they are not native. They crowd out native birds. They destroy fruit and avocado trees while feeding and in the process remove food source for our native birds.

    Thanks Julia, glad you liked the series. Can’t wait to see both the chicks out. Will keep you all updated as it is pretty neat to see native birds take back areas we have developed.

  3. Timeline: Nesting couple arrived last week, built that lush nest and plopped out two eggs? This is a day old chick or so? I know I have this all wrong. I should learn to read and write.

    How long were these nesting parents together before the children arrived?

  4. RumersDaily — don’t know where you might live, but early in the mornings and later in the afternoons on the westside, you can hear the parrots screeching along in their green flocks.

  5. lovely pictures!!

    wait, are there really 100’s of feral parrots flying around? i’ve seen the parakeets but never parrots.

  6. Awesome pix Fraz!

    There are increasingly larger colonies and subcolonies of parrots thriving in SoCal, but the green groups of screeching birds that Julia refers to are actually yellow-chevroned parakeets, perhaps the most successful of all of them.

  7. I could swear I read a story about the parrots of Arcadia (or Pasadena) somewhere last year. I’ve seen parrots hanging out in a palm tree at Applebee’s in Monrovia myself.

  8. Great photos, Fraz. I particularly liked that last one.

    Here in South Pas there’s a huge group of parrots (or yellow-chevroned parakeets, though they’re pretty big for parakeets.) I don’t notice them in the early morning, but they’re pretty active everyday from late-afternoon to sunset.

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