Red-tailed Hawk with Prey at High Park / September 20, 2019

Not a sight for everyone, but we had a long look at a Red-tailed Hawk feasting on a squirrel this sunny morning with a temperature of 21 degrees.

juvenile Red-tailed Hawk with squirrel
juvenile Red-tailed Hawk with squirrel
juvenile Red-tailed Hawk with squirrel
juvenile Red-tailed Hawk with squirrel
juvenile Red-tailed Hawk with squirrel
juvenile Red-tailed Hawk with squirrel
juvenile Red-tailed Hawk with squirrel

The tail is not yet red which indicates that the bird is a juvenile.

juvenile Red-tailed Hawk with squirrel

Species list: mallard, wood duck, red-tailed hawk, ring-billed gull, rock pigeon, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, blue jay, gray catbird, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch.  (14 species)

Wood Duck
American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch

Other nature:

Polypore
Monarch
Chipmunk

Some botany:

Tall Sunflower (Helianthus giganteus)
Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens granduliera)
Pinkweed (Persicaria pensylvanica)
Chicory with Heath aster
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Sky-blue Aster (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense)
Spindle Tree (Euonymus europaea)

Park scenes:

Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

This mornings group:

NATURE POETRY

Tree at my window, window tree,

My sash is lowered when night comes on;

But let there never be curtain drawn

Between you and me.

Vague dream-head lifted out of the ground,

And thing next most diffuse to cloud,

Not all your light tongues talking aloud

Could be profound.

But tree, I have seen you taken and tossed,

And if you have seen me when I slept,

You have seen me when I was taken and swept

And all but lost.

That day she put our heads together,

Fate had her imagination about her,

Your head so much concerned with outer,

Mine with inner, weather. – Robert Frost

Miles Hearn

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