After yesterday's success with hawks, I figured I would try it again this afternoon. From about 4-5:30 in the evening I stared up at the sky, with a few quick break for some other birds. I didn't have as many individual hawks as yesterday but I got some excellent birds anyway. The first two raptors I saw ended up being American Kestrels; I hadn't had that species in the yard for a few years.
|Adult Bald Eagle-a group of this eagle and another adult were in view for|
about 10 minutes. This was a new yard bird and a great way to end the
|A Cooper's Hawk that went over rather quickly. Notice the straight edge|
to the forewing and the prominent white tip to the tail.
|Red-tailed Hawk-an interesting bird that came over. As you can see it|
is partially albino, also called leucistic. A few of the primaries and
secondaries are completely white! Other than that it looked like a fairly
normal Red-tailed Hawk.
|One of the birds that was a nice distraction from the raptors, a Nashville|
|Another of the birds that was a distraction, a Philadelphia Vireo.|