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A pair of hawks are calling an evergreen tree home.

They’ve nested about 30-feet off the ground and hopefully we’ll see baby hawks soon.

660News staff regularly see one (or both) of the mates perched in a nearby poplar tree surveying their territory (and looking into our newsroom).

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It’s common to see the hawks swoop down and use their talons to pick-off an unsuspecting prairie dog… or two.

But what type of hawks are they?

660News sent pictures of the birds to Tanya Hope, a Natural History Interpreter at the Calgary Zoo for confirmation.

“All the pictures are of a light morph Swainson’s hawk,” says Hope. “Most of the hawks that we see in the city are Swainson’s.”

“You can tell by their white belly, with limited streaking… brown chest and head… they have a white spot under their chin.”

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It seems Swainson’s are the hawks often seen sitting on a fence-post or telephone pole, according to the Weaslehead Society’s website.

Who knew the second floor windows of our newsroom could provide such entertainment?

Next blog: when we may see the baby hawks are expected to hatch

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