Thursday, July 28, 2011

Red Car Property: Hawkwatch, They're Everywhere Today

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 28, 2011, 9:24 AM.  I caught sight of a mid-sized, grayish colored hawk, that was definitely not a Red Tail, calling for breakfast near the Adelbert All-Weather Lounge on the Red Car Property.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

In the past, I've seen Red Shouldered Hawks in the area between the Adelbert All-Weather Lounge and the Historic Viaduct Footings.   
Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 28, 9:25 AM.  The hawk was not as large as a Red Tail, but had a larger head than a Cooper's Hawk, with a fairly short tail.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

The hawk looked just like the one that was flying under the stream of water from my neighbor's garden hose, a couple weeks ago.  I'm leaning toward Red Shouldered Hawk on this ID. 

This morning, I observed at least 3 species of hawks on the Red Car Property.  All seemed to be juvenile hawks calling to be fed.  Their constant companions; Mockingbirds.  Check back over the next few days for the other hawk species.

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