Archive for the ‘Hawks, Falcons and Allies’ Category

Wow!! An American Kestrel

Birding at home is all about watching and observing what’s outside your window.  I was sitting next to the window over the weekend and something caught my eye.  I looked out and in the distance over the field a bird was hovering over something.  I watched it fly to one of the small evergreens in […]

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Sharp-shinned or Cooper’s Hawk

This winter I have had a number of opportunities to photograph hawks as they check out our bird feeders for a snack of the “winged” kind.  I have found it a real challenge to tell the difference between the Sharp-shinned Hawk and Cooper’s Hawk.  They are so similar!  The field guide indicates that the Sharp-shinned […]

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Grey ghost

Nature’s Christmas gift to me today was spotting, what I believe to be, a Northern Harrier!!  Watching from our enclosed porch, the raptor cruised low over the field behind our house.  I had never seen a hawk fly low like this before.  It seemed to skim over the tall grass while hunting, absolutely beautiful!!  The […]

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Warning: Winter bird feeder intruder

Spotted a large bird in the tree at the north end of our yard.  Using my binoculars I was able to identify it as an adult Cooper’s Hawk.  It sat in the tree, quite majestically, looking around.  The Cooper’s Hawk frequents the feeders in the winter, not for the seed that they contain, but for […]

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Cooper’s Hawk on the hunt

Today as I was working from home the flash of a large bird caught my eye.  I looked up, but, didn’t see anything at first.  I looked around at my other feeders and bird bath and there wasn’t another bird in sight.  Then I saw it!   It was a immature Cooper’s Hawk on the […]

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Death by Glass

A peaceful breakfast on a beautiful cool, sunny morning was interrupted by the sudden flush of birds and the sound of impact as one of them flew into our window.  That type of disturbing interruption can only mean one thing – a hawk.  I looked out and saw a Mourning Dove laying helplessly on our […]

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Rock, Paper, Scissors

Over the past few weeks I have noticed that there is somewhat of a pecking order with species of birds at my bird feeders.  I have watched how the Northern Mockingbirds, Eastern Bluebirds, House Sparrows, Red-wing Blackbirds, American Goldfinches interact.  Just like scissors beats paper, and rock beats scissors, I’ve seen the mockingbird cause the […]

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Birding on Vacation

I am so excited, I saw my first Bald Eagle live today.  We are on vacation in Florida where the population of eagles is probably one of the highest in the US.  We were traveling along Rt 75 when I saw the eagle sitting in a tree just off the road.  Granted, I didn’t get […]

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Birding at Home can be far away!

I’ve learned recently that birding at home can also mean viewing birds via the internet in the comfort of my home.  My Dad has recently turned me on to the Decorah Eagles. In Decorah, Iowa there is an eagles nest 80 feet up in a tree on the property of a fish hatchery. American Bald […]

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On the hunt…

In the early evening, we watched a Red-tailed Hawk hunt in the field behind out house. It was mesmorizing to watch how fast he flew, dipped, and glided low over the weeds. Then he would stop in mid-air looking down into the weeds for possible prey.  Not finding anything, he was off again with his […]

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