Quiet day after Christmas here. I saw a hawk in the sky which turned out to be a Red-tailed Hawk. The tail was not as strongly colored as the hawk I saw the other day, so it could have been different Red-tailed Hawk, or maybe just differences in lighting and position.

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Hawk turning its head to look down towards the ground.

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We are probably twenty miles from the beach, but we still see lots of gulls. They gather in areas such as parking lots to pick up scraps of food–and since there’s a supermarket just around the corner, there are always gulls around. I’m not very good at identifying gulls, but I think this one is a Laughing Gull, which are common around here.

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Vultures are always around too, soaring and circling up in the sky. This one is a turkey vulture–it has red on its face and bill, and lighter colored feathers on the rear edges of its wings.

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Another shot of the vulture.

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