White Pelicans, Wood Storks, Great Blue Herons, Osprey, Ring-necked Ducks, Hooded Merganser Ducks, Great Egrets, a Belted Kingfisher, Sandhill Cranes, and a Red-tailed Hawk were all spotted on our neighborhood park lake within the past two weeks. It was amazing! I so enjoy bird watching and it was really fun to see so many different birds here at once. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo. Enjoy!
Red-tailed Hawk in Flight
Great Blue Heron
A Red-tailed Hawk unwisely decided to invade the territory of the small flock of Common Crows here. The Common Crows were loudly “Caw-caw-caw-ing” for all they were worth yesterday when I stepped outside into the yard. I noticed that the commotion was happening in the cow pasture across the pond. There were about five crows. I then saw the Red-tailed Hawk soaring way up in the skies above the large pasture and over through the woods towards the nearby lake.
The crows really gave the hawk a hard time with much noise and swooping attacks. They ganged up on the hawk but did so in single and duo attacks. Crows are quite territorial and will defend against most other birds. I took the pictures here in the yard on Sept. 9, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
A Red-tailed Hawk has been cruising the skies here near the little farm looking for something to fill its belly with. Red-tailed Hawks are pretty common and live in Cumberland County, TN all year-long. These birds of prey are an ivory or cream color with dark reddish-brown splotches and muted rusty-brick colored tail feathers. They have keen eye-sight and a powerful curved bill. They mostly eat rodents, and are useful in keeping rodent populations down. Hawks also eat certain reptiles, small birds, ducks, and coots and bird, duck, and goose eggs.
The resident Crows are not pleased at the prospect of these hawks as new neighbors. they often harass the hawks in flight with nips and swoops and lots of loud “caw-caw-cawing”! The Crows want to keep the food for themselves and have been quite territorial. The small birds and the ducks often have plenty of advance warning when hawks are around. They hear warning calls of those persistent Crows, and sometimes also, the warning honks of the Canada Geese. I took these pictures in my yard on Jan. 28, 2012, and also on Feb. 3, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph. Enjoy!
That Red-Tailed Hawk seems to like my backyard Oak Tree to perch and rest. I do not think the bird roosts or sleeps in the tree overnight. I occasionally see this Hawk in the trees around the lake while out on my walks in the morning. I can tell you that the Hawk stays put in the tree for upwards of an hour or more at times here. When the Hawk is in residence all of the smaller animals such as the Grey Squirrels and the Eastern Chipmunks stay out of sight. A few of the bigger birds such as the Crows and the Eastern Blue Jays do fly around and even perch in the same tree as the Hawk at times. I know that occasionally a gang of Crows will come by and tease and annoy the Hawk. It must be a territorial sort of thing but I am no expert on bird behavior so I do not know for certain. The Red-Tailed Hawk like many of the birds has grown a thick downy coat of feathers which helps it keep warm. It has been very cold here lately. I am very glad to see the Hawk and am equally glad when it flies off to visit other places. I took these pictures on January 11, 2011 and January 12, 2011 from my window and my deck. The Hawk did not seem disturbed when I went outside to snap the pictures. A very placid bird. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.
A Red-Tailed Hawk has decided that one of my backyard Oak Trees is a fine place to temporarily perch. The Red-Tailed Hawk has visited my backyard for several hours in the afternoons of both December 30, 2010 and December 31, 2010, and the morning of 12/31/10. I took these pictures from my deck and from my upstairs windows. The bird seemed to very very tolerant of quiet humans being outside. There were many American Coots around here plus the huge numbers of Ducks. We also have several Eastern Chipmunks and loads of Grey Squirrels. All can be prey for this large raptor. It sure is a beautiful bird to see up close. It must be the time of year for the birds to have fresh beautiful and colorful feathers. Most seem to have the most elegant array of feathering. I was happy to see it even if it did scare all of the small animals into hiding. The presence of the Hawk did cause the Ducks to paddle a bit farther away from the shore, and some Ducks such as the Lesser Scaups, dove under the water. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
I am not sure which species of Hawk this bird is but I’ll guess and say it is a Red-tailed Hawk. It is either a juvenile or is in a molting phase where its feathers are ragged. I saw this bird a few days ago in the very late afternoon on a side road across my community. The Red-tail Hawk is one of the most commonly seen Hawks in our area of Tennessee. It is a hunter of small rodents, birds and reptiles mostly. The area that I was in there is very sparsely developed. This bird was sitting very still on a telephone wire about a block from one of the smaller lakes we have here. It was apparently resting as I spotted the bird as we drove past and it was still there a few minutes later as we circled back so I could take the picture. Some of the pictures were taken through the windshield as you can likely tell. The clearest one was taken through the driver’s side window. Eventually the bird figured out that we were interested in it and flew off. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture. Enjoy!