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A Pair of Hawks in the Neighborhood


This pair of Red-shouldered Hawks has moved into the neighborhood here where I live.  We have been seeing the birds of prey here for the past week.  I think they are now in the process of nest building.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!


Hawks in the Sky


Red-shouldered Hawks paid my yard a visit on October 5, 2015.  I was in my kitchen when I heard hawks calling from a very close distance.  I have three very large Oak Trees in my back yard so I knew that the hawks may be landing in one of those trees.

These are the first hawks I have seen in my neighborhood in Lake County, Florida since my husband and I moved here a few months ago.  We mostly see the wading birds and a few songbirds.  My overall neighborhood (except the parks)  does not have a lot of large trees which is one reason why the birds of prey are not around much.

I grabbed my camera and went to the yard but the birds had taken wing by the time I arrived.  I think it was a female being pursued by two males.  The birds swiftly flew around the neighborhood before leaving for other places.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that image.  Enjoy!



A Trio of Red-Shouldered Hawks!


Three Red-shouldered Hawks together was an amazing sight to see, even from a distance.  This is the first time I have ever spotted three hawks in the same place on the ground!  I saw the hawks at the larger of the rainfall retention ponds here in our development.  One was eating some sort of prey and the others were flying and landing.  I believe the hawk with its wings spread is a female.  The other two look like they are males.  In the end all three flew off, with the smaller male landing on a lamp pole in the nearby parking lot.

I think this meeting of the hawks was over the prey, the lady, and territory.  I took these pictures of the nearly dry rainfall basin pond and hawks on June 5, 2015.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photograph.  Enjoy!

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Songbirds & Hawks Don’t Mix

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

I think having two, and perhaps three, hawks  now patrolling the trees here on my street, has a lot to do with my not having seen many songbirds here lately.  I saw these two hawks (Likely Red-shouldered Hawks) yesterday in two adjacent trees across the street from my home.



I did see a few Palm Warblers, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, and a cute Tufted Titmouse around the yard here on Wednesday,  Feb. 19, 2015.

I also am including a picture of a male Red-winged Blackbird that I spotted at a small marsh up across the road from the horse ranch pond where I often go to do bird watching.  I saw that Blackbird on Feb. 18, 2015.  I do not see Blackbirds here in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Hawks


These hawks were spotted just down the road from each other.  One was in a huge old Pine and the other was up on an electric pole here in the development where I live.  I took these pictures on Nov. 9, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Hawk Calls


This Red-shouldered Hawk was perched in a small rather open tree across the street from my home on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.    The wonderful bird of prey was ignoring me and was busily calling to another hawk in the area.  I faintly heard the response since that other hawk was a long way away.

I think the hawk I photographed was not hungry either.  I was closer to the bird than I usually have been (far enough away to keep from disturbing the bird) and the bird did not pause or get flighty or leave.  I am glad to have gotten these close-up views to share with you here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!


A Hawk Cools Off


When you think of hawks, you imagine these strong and majestic birds soaring in the skies or even perched on a stout branch of a tall tree.  Well, it may come as a surprise to some people, but hawks get hot and thirsty and dirty sometimes.  When needing to cool-off from the hot Summer temperatures here in North-Central Florida, hawks sometimes will take a dip in the nearest pond or lake or stream.

I was pretty shocked to find a hawk (I can’t say which kind it is – likely a Red-shouldered Hawk) standing chest deep in the rainfall retention pond along-side the golf course near a main roadway here in our development.  I usually see Ibis or Egrets in that spot but never a wading hawk.  I took these pictures from the open window of my pick-up truck on July 20, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!  Have an outstanding weekend!


A Wetlands Overlook

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This is the Paynes Prarie State Park, and it is several miles South of Gainesville, Florida,  near a town called Micanopy.  The part of the park where we were, is a fresh-water wetlands.  We had pulled off the highway (not the I-75 freeway which is close-by) to see a park overlook.  This stop was an un-planned, very quick visit.  We went out on a wooden boardwalk over the swampy landscape,  and viewed several Great Egrets, two Little Blue Herons, and one Great Blue Heron.  That Great Blue Heron stood stock-still and almost looked like a statue during the ten or so minutes we were out watching the birds.

The birds were a long way from this boardwalk so it was a good thing I had my long zoom lens!  I also saw a Red-shouldered Hawk perched in an old tree across the highway, and a Turkey Vulture flying overhead.  I have read that this park has quite a lot of wildlife.  This is a park I definitely want to return to.  I took these pictures on August 31, 2013.  Please click on the thumbnail images to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

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A Wet Red-shouldered Hawk

A Red-shouldered Hawk perched in one of the large Oak Trees here at the little farm yesterday afternoon.  We had just had a thunderstorm roll-through our neighborhood here, and once it stopped raining,  I decided to go outside and take some pictures.  i was out on the shore of the pond when I looked up and saw to my amazement, a very large brown bird way up in one of the oaks.  I saw that it was a hawk.  Due to the presence of the predator here, the bird song was temporarily silenced. There is a lot of potential food for the meat-eating bird here, both on the land, and in the water.

Red-shouldered Hawks live here in TN all year around.  They are fabulously quick powerful fliers.  I so enjoy having the chance to see birds of prey up close.  This hawk has a reddish-brown back, buff with brown streaked chest and banded brown and white wing feathers.  It has sharp eyes and a powerful bill.  I took these pictures in my yard on March 16, 2012.  Wishing everyone who celebrates, a happy St. Patrick’s Day!   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!  P.S.  Thanks to a wonderful blog reader, I have now corrected the identification of this bird.  It is a Red-shouldered Hawk and not a Red-tailed Hawk.  Correction made by Wildlifewatcher on 3/17/12 at 2:47pm Central.

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