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Birds on Tuesday

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I saw lots of birds today–mockingbirds of course, a family of cardinals, a hummingbird visiting the basil flowers, mourning doves, and more. I only got photos of two of them. The first was this Cooper’s Hawk sitting in the rain.

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Looking back over its shoulder here. I don’t see Cooper’s hawks often, but they do live in our area and every once in awhile I’ll spot one.

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One more of the hawk.

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This is a juvenile bluebird, mostly softly colored at this point. You can see a bit of bluebird blue developing on the wings.

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This little bird was sitting on a wire, watching the ground for bugs.

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One more of the young bluebird.

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Ospreys, Hawk, and Shrike on Thursday

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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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More Birds on Tuesday

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A few more birds for today, starting with this mockingbird sitting on the back fence.

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The Red-tailed Hawk put in another appearance.

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And some Yellow-rumped Warblers picked berries in the tree in the backyard.

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Warbler picking berries.

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Hawk on Friday

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This hawk was soaring over the yard this afternoon.

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No need to wonder why it’s called the Red-tailed Hawk!

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I heard the Red-shouldered Hawks calling a little earlier and assumed at first that this one was a Red-shouldered Hawk. One look at the belly band and tail, and I knew it was Red-tailed!

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Red-tailed Hawk as it flew away.

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Tuesday Photos

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Red-shouldered Hawk flying by.

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Phoebe on a wire out front. I’ve been seeing the phoebe a lot lately.

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Max busy at his never-ending job of pulling on the palm tree.

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And the full moon tonight.

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Another Hawk on Friday

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I heard a hawk calling loudly and repeatedly this morning, sounding as if it were close by, so I walked outside to see if I could spot it. It was up at the very top of a tall pine tree in the yard just past my next door neighbor, with its back toward me.

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When it turned a little I saw that it was a Red-shouldered Hawk.

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Taking a look in the other direction.

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And looking back over its shoulder.

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A moment later it stirred around, leaning forward a little and lifting its tail feathers.

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The hawk took off through the pine trees.

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Flying out of the trees.

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And into the blue sky.

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Max was very happy to have his cow back today. I took it out of the tree trunk toy where Max had gotten it stuck and washed it along with his other toys, so he had a nice clean cow to play with. Of course he promptly carried the cow back out into the yard, so I’m sure it will soon be due for another wash.

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Return of the Hawk

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The Red-tailed Hawk was back today, without a group of crows escorting it. I first spotted the hawk soaring high in the sky in the distance–too far away for a closer, sharper photo, but near enough to see the belly band.

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The hawk seems to be learning where it can fly freely without bothering (or being bothered by) the crows. Here it is close to the yard.

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One more of the hawk.

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Super moon–the moon really has looked very large this week.

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