Sunday, September 02, 2007

Large Raptor

This evening, we ventured out into our yard to use the pool and the spa. The temperature has been torrid during the daytime.

We noticed that the large raptor that likes to come to our dead pine tree to survey the hillside had returned. He sits there, sometimes making his fearsome call, and swoops down, probably to score his evening meal of some unlucky rodent. At times, he is joined by another, which, we assume, is his mate.

We have looked in our bird book. We can only surmise that this is a large red-tailed hawk. We hope someone will tell us what "our" bird is.

Even though we live in the greater Los Angeles area, there are large green areas. We have an untamed, wild hillside on our property. We also face a public park called Wildwood which remains natural.

Mr. Raptor is a welcome visitor.



Blogger The Glasers said...

Welcome back, Mary! British Columbia is so gorgeous. You and Alan look so relaxed in your vacation pictures. I am no expert on raptors, but it does look like a red-tailed hawk. We saw them quite often when we lived in Colorado.

3:40 AM  
Blogger Junosmom said...

It looks like a red-tailed hawk to me! We have them here in KY, too.

5:15 AM  
Blogger flyingfisher said...

First thing I said - in my head - as soon as I saw it was that it looked like a red-tail hawk. Thank goodness for geocaching. I've seen them twice now. Once in Vermont with an experienced birder who pointed it out to me, and once in a city park in Boston where it (or was it more than one?) was diving at the squirrels. That latter was amusing. The squirrels would scurry from tree to tree or from the ground to a tree and if the hawk started to swoop down all the squirrels would freeze like statues in whatever acivity they were engaged. Frozen to the side of the tree or on a branch. I think one hawk was just amusing itself, not really hungry.


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