I had a pair of Broad-winged Hawks nest on my property this year and have recently observed behavior identical to what you described. The first time I saw one of the juveniles off the nest it was standing in the driveway (a long canopied tunnel through the woods). When it eventually became uncomfortable being watched and flew up, it did not go far. When I would detect it while walking (it called frequently from a perch usually within the canopy, sometimes from the top of a snag) it was not quick to fly off. There were two adults hanging around, though I saw much less of them than I did of the young one(s?) once the nest had emptied out. Yesterday was the first day that I heard not a peep from the hawks and, so far, this morning I've not detected them. Two days ago I watched two adult Broad-wingeds rising on a thermal above my house and have not seen or heard any adult activity since.
Other bird activity in Lowell in the past few days includes very vocal Winter Wrens singing from approximately the same locations they've been inhabiting all season, a Hermit Thrush sitting on 3 eggs smack in the middle of a grassy woods road, and, two days ago, a Carolina Wren which surprised me a great deal. It was singing and popped up out of the briars behind the wood pile. I have never seen or heard a Carolina Wren in Lowell (my house is at 1300' elev. ) and have not seen or heard it since.
Wishing the best for your young hawks,
On Aug 4, 2012, at 5:43 PM, Jeannie Elias wrote:
>> For the past two weeks I have been seeing what I believe are a pair of Juvenile Broadwinged Hawks in the woods near my home in Fayston. What first called my attention to them was seeing them feeding on the ground. Hard to see what it was they were trying to eat. There are a pair of them and they are less secretive and cautious than adult Broadwings, and they call, fairly plaintively, quite frequently during the day. I hear the typical Broadwing two note call, but there are no adults around ever, and the birds do not call while circling in flight (which is usually how I become aware thaat there are Broadwings in the area). I never see these birds up in the sky, just on branches 10-20 feet up..though they can fly, and are fairly large.
> I am wondering if these birds are without parents and having trouble finding food. Anyone familiar with Juvenile Broadwinged behavior who has some ideas?
> Jeannie Elias