Feb 8, 2018
In spring 2018 love was in the air – particularly for Presidio birds. It was the beginning of nesting season for hummingbirds and raptors (aka, birds of prey, such as the eagle, hawk, owl, or falcon), and we spotted a cozy couple of Red-tailed Hawks doing a little “nestoration” 100 feet up in one of the Presidio’s blue gum eucalyptus trees. Though we know many birds make their way through the park at this time of year as part of their annual migration, we know this lovely pair of hawks are actually year-round Presidio residents – the couple have returned to this same nest over the past few years.
To help you learn more about bird breeding behaviors in the park, the Presidio established a live video stream – similar to PG&E’s popular Peregrine falcons webcam or other live bird cams – of these “love birds.” We dubbed it “Raptor Cam,” and though we didn’t share the nest’s exact location (we wanted to give this couple a little privacy), over the months together we observed this pair as they made a home for their young, and watched as their small chicks made their way from egg to first flight.
The love birds had two chicks, and then our baby hawks flew the coop. We were sad to see them go, but through this brief video, you can re-live their journey from egg to flighty (and suddenly very big) baby hawks.
Note: This live cam is dedicated to one of the earliest supporters of the project – the park’s late forester, Peter Ehrlich.