Max and I went walking today with the camera, and I was delighted to see the osprey up in the nest again.

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On another nearby pole was a second osprey, with what looked like the beginnings of a nest.

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This osprey seemed to be watching the surrounding area alertly.

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When a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks flew through, the second osprey went to join the other osprey in the first nest. I’m guessing that the first osprey in the original nest is a female, and the second one that appeared to be watching over things is a male.

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A closer look at the second osprey.

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In the meantime, the hawks continued to fly through the area.

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The hawks were calling loudly as they flew. They seemed very aware of the ospreys and the nest.

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There were two hawks overhead, but it seems that most of my hawk photos were of the same bird–this bird has a damaged feather on one wing.

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After the hawks had flown off and the ospreys had settled down, we walked a little farther. I noticed a bird in a tree up ahead–white and gray bird with a black mask across its eyes, which could only be a Loggerhead Shrike. I’ve seen a shrike a few times before, but each time at a distance. This shrike was fairly close to me and not very high up in the rather small tree.

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The shrike has a little hook at the tip of its bill, like a miniature hawk. This bird is only about 9 inches long–smaller than a mockingbird.

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Closer look at the shrike.

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The shrike preys on insects, small rodents, and small birds, and will sometimes impale its prey on a thorn or wire until it’s ready to eat. There was nothing like this in sight near the bird I saw today!

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