Last week I saw my first of the season Swainson’s Hawk not too far from the visitor’s center at Bear River National Wildlife Refuge and that got me excited. The Swainson’s Hawk I saw already had nesting material in it’s bill. Soon I will be seeing these handsome hawks in many locations in Utah, Idaho and Montana. This time of the year I will see adults…
And sub-adults like this one I photographed in the Centennial Valley of Montana two summers ago. That fall I saw a kettle of about 70 Swainson’s Hawks over a field just about the time they would begin to migrate south, I was in awe seeing so many of them together like that.
I won’t see juvenile Swainson’s Hawks until later in the summer but I always enjoy watching and photographing them once they have fledged and are learning to hunt on their own.
All of these images were taken in the Centennial Valley of Montana. It was in that valley that I photographed my very first Swainson’s Hawk juvenile, I will never forget that!
With the return of the Swainson’s Hawks will it be the summer of the Swainson’s? Time will tell.
Life is good.