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To Build A Nest

Nature in Santa Clarita, it’s not what you look at but what you see.

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This red tailed hawk is carrying grass to help build its nest. – Photo by Lilian Darling Holt.

March Madness!  No, we're not talking about basketball; we're talking about home remodeling!  March is when the Red tailed hawks begin to build and refurbish their nests.


Red tailed hawks often remain partners for years and work together to build their nest.  So rather than build a brand new nest every year, they simply refurbish the old one.


Nests are located up high, often in a fork near the top of a large tree, so that the birds have a good view of their surrounding habitat.  (I've even seen them in a powerline tower.)   The nest is about 28-38 inches in diameter.  It's made of small twigs (1/2 inch diameter) and lined with softer plant material.


If you think building a nest is easy, try this simple exercise.  Take a ribbon and weave it between the fingers of your left hand like you would weave a basket. But don't use your right hand to hold the ribbon – use your mouth.


Not so easy now, is it?


Our next Bird Hike is scheduled at Towsley Canyon on Saturday, March 17 from 8-10 AM. Towsley Canyon is located on the Old Road, west of I-5 and about 1/4 mile south of the Calgrove exit.


You can listen to stories like this every Friday morning at 7:10 a.m. on "The Hike Report", brought to you by your hometown radio station KHTS (AM1220) and by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.


For our complete hike and activity schedule and for trail maps, go to

To see what's playing on radio station KHTS, go to tune in to AM 1220.

To Build A Nest

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