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In Prescott, Az the last few years we have had a pair of Swainsons hawks spend the spring and summer with us. Each year they produced at least 1 offspring. They are back!  I thought I saw one when I was driving to work earlier in the week, but it was just sunrise and I only saw it for a moment.  Yesterday while walking the dogs I saw the pair of hawks. They are here for another breeding season. I observed them mating in a tree across the street from the tree where they have been nesting. It was a brief, noisy affair. Not surprising as they are a vocal species. I felt a little voyeuristic watching them, but hey, if they’re going to do their business in a tree I guess they can’t expect a lot of privacy.

Here’s a link to photos of the hawks I had taken in previous years.