Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Red Tailed Hawk sighting... at least the nest!

The large dark spot in the middle of this tree is the nest

Last week, we discovered that the Red Tailed Hawk was in the neighborhood (swooping through the yard, looking for food, no doubt - didn't spot me!!). Then, we noticed that there were little ones (well, Junior size RTH's) practicing formations on the golf course. So, we took our binoculars and the camera (with a telephoto) on a scouting mission. With the help of a few other bird watchers, we found the nest.

Apparently, last Winter, the nest in the tree near our house, blew down, so they came back this Spring and found a better (more protected) tree, and set up housekeeping. This nest is quite a bit larger than last years and if you didn't know it was there, you would never have noticed it.

So, they are back - happy and flying about - growing safely and yet, coming back to nest each year. I hope that this will be an on going thing. I wish that I could have shown you the birds, but they were 'in flight'. I will keep watching for them, though, with camera at the ready.

Back tomorrow with photos from the garden.

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