Territorial Red-shouldered Hawk

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Earlier this week the sun was out and the birds were going crazy. Among the avian revelers in my yard was a Red-shouldered Hawk, one half of a pair that has been observed by us perched on the wires along the main road, head bent down, hunting in the field below.

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On this particular day, one of the pair was making quite a to-do above the hill in back of the cabin. It finally perched in the top of a spindly pine long enough for me to photograph it as it peered this way and that. After a couple of minutes it flew up the hill, circled, and vanished. I briefly heard its mate.

I haven’t seen this bird hunting in the immediate vicinity of the cabin since January last year. It is a common species in the area. We saw one in a park near here in the same month. These were my best Red-shouldered hawk photos so far. A handsome bird.

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About Joan Marie Naszady

I am a learner, a teacher, and a naturalist who enjoys being creative!
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