I had a visitor to my yard recently.
He was having his dinner on a tree branch in the backyard. I think a squirrel may have met with an untimely demise.
This was one of those insanely cold days when the high for the day was around 10 degrees. I didn’t have on a coat, just ran out onto the porch and peeked my head through the screened door to capture these pics. I couldn’t stay out there very long since it was so cold.
Isn’t he gorgeous! He’s a Red-Shouldered Hawk.
Every year I see a hawk in the back yard during the month of January.
Last year a Red-Tailed Hawk came by in January.
At least, that’s what we all thought he was. Does he look like a Red-Tailed Hawk to you? Update: Another reader identified this handsome fella as a juvenile Red Shouldered Hawk.
This year my visitor is a Red-Shouldered hawk. He stayed an hour or so, keeping a watchful eye on the ground as he continued to look for something new to eat.
Once he had finished eating his dinner, he casually lifted a talon and the remains fell to the ground. Then he cleaned off his beak by rubbing it back and forth on the branch.
Do you get hawks in your area?
Do you love watching them as much as I do?
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