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Bald Eagles, Red Tailed Hawks, Red-Bellied Woodpeckers and more have been here in my yards during the past week.  It has been a banner week for bird watching here in beautiful Cumberland County, Tennessee!  I took a lot of pictures of song birds, birds of prey, ducks, water birds, and geese!  The Canada Geese returned to the lake after a short absence.  The Bald Eagle is now cruising the skies over the lake several times each week in search of a tasty bite of fish or coots.  The beautiful Northern Cardinals were here on a few days this week and we also saw a small flock of the Pied-Billed Grebes.  These Pied-Billed Grebes are small Grebes that are not ducks but are water birds.  Grebes eat fish, insects, and small aquatic animals.  The Pied-Billed Grebes are quite shy and tend to stay well-away from the shore.  The Pied-Billed Grebes often dive to avoid the presence of humans out and about.  The Bald Eagle picture was one that I quickly took because I had seen the big bird swoop down to perch.  I took its picture and almost immediately, it flew away (camera-shy, I guess).

I also captured pictures of a Red-Bellied Woodpecker and a couple of the American Coots that were up in my yard a few days ago. I so enjoy watching the various animals and birds here.  I take many photographs during the week.  Our weather had been cold, then cool, and now it has turned very pleasant.  I am glad as I now have more opportunities to be outside where all of the great action is!   By the way, because there are so many American Coots in my yards, the Hawk has finally caught one of the Coots.  I surprised the Hawk while it was on the ground with a freshly caught coot.  Just a part of nature.  No, I did not choose to photograph that particular happening.  Guess that is why the Bald Eagle is around so often now.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Red-Tailed Hawk

Comments on: "Some Interesting Birds Visited This Past Week" (10)

  1. Hi Linda, I’ve been working on Family History again this weekend… SO much fun!!!! Looks like you are really enjoying seeing the birds –as much as I am!!!! I still want to see that eagle sometime.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

    • Hi Betsy, I do hope sometime you will be able to see the Bald Eagle. Yes up until this afternoon, we had loads of birds here. After the Hawk came – not a bird or a squirrel to be seen! Have a great evening and coming week! We may have a bit of rain in coming days!

  2. The bald eagle is well hidden, yet you spotted him! Looks like you were laying on the ground to get the cardinal, but that would have scared him away.

  3. Hi Ginny, I took the picture of that Northern Cardinal from my basement window which is why the shot appears to be at ground level. The Bald Eagle was in an Oak Tree about 25 feet from my living room window which is at the top of a slope so the my view is at the middle height of the trees. I am fortunate to be able to get these wonderfully good views. Have a super day!

    • It sounds like you have the ideal situation for viewing the birds come to visit. I’m surprised I don’t see more hawks with all the birds and little animals we have.

      • Hi Kateri, I enjoy seeing all the birds from my living room window. The Hawk just has decided my yard is the new supermarket. A good reason not to have a bunch of predatory birds around is that precious kitty of yours! Have an extra nice day!

  4. With your love of wildlife, you have chosen exactly the right place to live! It seems as though most of the birds that we see here in summer spend their winter (or part of it) there and I can’t blame them. We still have our residents, but not nearly the variety that you have. By the way, the last photo of the single duck is about the cutest think I’ve seen!

    • Hi Montucky, Thanks! I am very fortunate. Would you believe that when I moved here, I did not know we had so much of a variety of wildlife. I am a California transplant who was raised in Los Angeles so I do appreciate the wildlife and nature very much!

  5. It does sound like a great week of birds for you! I enjoyed the post and the photos.

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