It’s Not Easy Being a Red-tailed Hawk: June 4, 2022

Like all living creatures, Red-tailed Hawks need to eat. This one was, no doubt, was cruising about and using its splendid eyesight to locate a delicious bird’s egg or chick as a source of nourishment.

Red-tailed Hawk

Naturally the parents of smaller birds do not appreciate the presence of a large raptor and various species work together in order to drive to drive the large bird away.

Red-tailed Hawk and Grackle with Red-wing
Red-tailed Hawk and Grackle
Red-tailed Hawk and Grackle with Red-wing
Red-tailed Hawk and Grackle with Red-wing
Red-tailed Hawk and Grackle with Red-wing
Red-tailed Hawk and Grackle with Red-wing and Crow
Red-tailed Hawk and Grackle
Red-tailed Hawk

Other birds at Thomson Park:

Song Sparrow
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Eastern Kingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Baltimore Oriole (male)

The 8 am group had a fleeting glance at a deer:

Whitetail Deer (male)

Some botany:

Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea)
Black Snakeroot (Sanicula trifoliata)
Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)
Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)
Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica)
Teasle (Dipsacus fullonum)
Philadelphia Fleabane
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)
Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Red-osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)

8 am group:

11:30 group:

MAILBOX

Hi Miles,

This is a wonderful Nova Scotia wildlife rescue centre. All kinds of creatures are rehabilitated and released.

NATURE POETRY

The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure:—
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.     – William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “It’s Not Easy Being a Red-tailed Hawk: June 4, 2022

  1. Gloria James

    What a great story about the orphaned birds! There are so many negative reports about loss of habitat for animals, the lack of conservation for endangered animals, and indifference to protecting the environment.
    But there are many groups who want to look after wildlife that needs nurturing and make a positive difference.

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