Red-tail and a Mockingbird: November 25, 2021

You can tell from the Latin name (Buteo jamaicensis) that the Red-tailed Hawk has a large breeding range. They range from northern Canada and the interior of Alaska to Panama and the West Indies (Jamaica).

We had a long and close look at one on a light standard in Humber Bay West on this foggy, wet morning.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

The Latin name of a Northern Mockingbird is Mimus polyglottos which means “many-tongued mimic.” The bird that we saw this morning quietly imitated many other species while we listened. Some can imitate upward of 200 species. The Mockingbird was originally a southern species which has done a major northward spread since about 1900.

Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird

Other birds:

Long-tailed Ducks (male)
Mute Swan
Pekin Duck
Bufflehead (male)
Hooded Merganser (male)
Mallard (female)
Canada Geese
Hooded Mergansers (female)
Juvenile Herring Gull with fish
American Robin
Hooded Mergansers
Juvenile Herring Gull with fish
Buffleheads
Bufflehead (male)
Juvenile Herring Gull with fish
Bufflehead (male)
Hooded Merganser (male)
Bufflehead (male)
Hooded Merganser (female)
Northern Cardinal (male)
American Wigeon and Gadwall
White-throated Sparrow
Gadwall
Mallards
Ring-billed Gull
Red-necked Grebe
Herring Gull with fish
Double-crested Cormorants
Red-necked Grebe
Herring Gull with fish
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Herring Gull with fish
Hooded Mergansers

Today’s group:

NATURE POETRY

Thy shadow, Earth, from Pole to Central Sea,
Now steals along upon the Moon’s meek shine
In even monochrome and curving line
Of imperturbable serenity.                                             – Thomas Hardy (1840–1928)

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Red-tail and a Mockingbird: November 25, 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    What a shame that we have to lose access to this wonderful place! I have no doubt that you will find good alternatives, Miles, whether it is the Western portion or somewhere else. I will really miss it (and its bunny- eared Wayfaring Trees, among other things–hope everyone is in on the joke where these are concerned–that I repeated the name to myself hundreds of times during a single walk to memorize it, telling Miles about it from time to time as I did) though!

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  2. rosemarie fischer

    nice post,Miles;when I see the birds on the water,I start to shiver……..bbbbrrrr…..thank you for keeping us in the loop………….Rosemarie

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