Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Red-Shouldered Hawk

I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

November 26, 2013

These shots are from this past Sunday, as Winnie the Pooh would say it was a blustery day.  The cold wind and temperatures were enough to keep me inside the house most of the day.  I did run out to the deck to fill the feeders and birdbath and then run back inside to get warm.



After filling the feeders I was looking out my dining room window when I noticed the hawk, it was perched on the top of a bare Devil's Walking stick plant. Most of my smart birds all flew for cover and a few brave birds were still visiting the feeders on my deck.


The hawk is sitting just above my driveway and it  watched a Carolina Wren fly under one of our cars.  In the winter these hawks are known to prey on feeder birds.  I am glad my feeder birds have a lot of schrubs and places to hide.


This White-Throated Sparrow was perched among the tangled branches of my weeping cherry tree. I think the sparrow felt protected. Sorry, these shots were taken from inside and looking out my dining room window.


One time, I walked out on my deck hoping to spook the hawk away but it only flew to another tree in the yard.


The adult Red-Shouldered Hawk have brown heads and a reddish chest and pale bellies. I am pretty sure with the size of this hawk it was a female. 

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60 comments:

Mersad said...

You really lucked out with these shots, being able to get close enough and also to catch them. Really good photos Eileen!

Swati Singh said...

Nice photos!!!

✿ chica said...

Belíssimas fotos,adorei!! Lindo dia! beijos,chica

Our photos said...

Beautiful are your Hawk and Sparrow
Photos, Eileen!

Sue said...

She's a beauty. I'm always torn about hawks. They're just doing what they're supposed to , but oh, my poor feeder birds!

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Your photos of the hawk are amazing !!!
Best regards, Synnöve

Leora said...

Handsome hawk - you capture birds well.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful photos. She's gorgeous! Have a great day!

Helma said...


Really great Eileen.
I did not know this red-shouldered hawk, but what he he nice! Great that saw you and that could photograph.
Greetings, Helma

Joop Zand said...

WOW these are all very nice photographed eileen

Compliments for this lovely post.

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures you show of some beautiful birds of prey. Wish you a nice day / good week :) Hanne Bente

islandwonder said...

She is a majestic looking bird. Great shots!

rainfield61 said...

There is a beast behind the beauty.

Gail Dixon said...

I LOVE hawks and these photos are incredible! I do not like that they lurk around feeders, but they have to eat too. Really lovely images, Eileen!

TexWisGirl said...

you got great shots through your window! i wish mine were as clear (maybe i should CLEAN the windows!) :)

Our Neck of the Woods said...

What a beautiful hawk! You managed to get some great shots from looking out the window. They turned out awesome!

Montanagirl said...

What a beauty! You captured some nice images. I do a lot of shooting through our double glass dining room doors.

Stephanie said...

Great images!

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!!!
Great shots!!!Wonderful pictures!!!The hawk is such a beautiful bird!!!Have a happy week!!!
Hugs!!!Dimi...

Emilie's daughter said...

Such a proud bird! Amazing! CHrista

diane b said...

The hawk is a beauty I guess its just looking for a meal like the other birds. It must be hard for other birds to hide when there are no leaves on the trees.

mick said...

Great photos of the Hawk - and I really hope it missed all those little birds around your feeder! My sympathy is all with the tiny ones!

The happy wanderer. said...

It's a beautifully coloured hawk, Eileen. Winter must be more of a challenge in your part of the world than mine for birds.

Carole M. said...

enjoyed your R.S. Hawk photos too Eileen; you picked up great captures of them

DeniseinVA said...

She's a beauty Eileen. You got some great shots of her and the smart little sparrow.

Connie Smiley said...

Eileen, these are fantastic! Love your hawk.

Brian King said...

How awesome is that! Beautiful photos! I'd love to see one in the yard just to get some photos.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks so much for the comment on my blog. I love your hawk..what a beauty and so close. We rarely see the white-throated.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

How beautiful! Great shots!
Cheers from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Karen said...

Hawks are magnificent birds, but bad news at the feeders. These are terrific shots!

Rebecca said...

Great shots - so close! Another reason to keep my windows clean!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Once again, I think you are a Bird whisperer! You have them posing for you. Beautiful hawk.

Les Fous du Cap said...

Hi !
Pretty Little Hawk;-)
Céline & Philippe

Landbohaven said...

Vidunderlige fuglebilleder.
Tak for kigget.
Ha´ en god dag.

Bob Bushell said...

Absolutely fantastic, the best you have taken in this year.

Betty Manousos said...

dear eileen, here's wishing you a happy and family filled thanksgiving!!


btw. beautiful, impressive bird wonderfully photographed!

NatureFootstep said...

beauties both of them. Sad for the small one but the hawk has to eat too.

MyMaracas said...

These are all such wonderful shots! I've had hawks take feeder birds too. I always take down the feeder for a couple of days when one shows too much interest, and they do move on.

Crafty Green Poet said...

brilliant photos of a handsome bird!

Birgitta said...

Wow! Amazing photos!

Debbie said...

oh i just love seeing them but worry so about my little birdies!!

my white throated sparrows are back, i just adore those yellow eyebrows!!

have a wonderful holiday eileen!!

Pallavi said...

The pictures have come great Eileen even though they have been taken from inside. Glad that the feeder birds are protected for the hawk looks like it's out for food. Thanks for sharing my dear :) have a lovely day.

Carver said...

Great shots of the hawk. I can usually tell when our neighborhood hawks are in my trees because other birds make themselves scarce.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Excellent photographs of the hawk! I occasionally see a hawk here but it does not perch anywhere close because of the watchful mob of Common Crows. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm amazed that the hawk was right in your yard. My husband has twice seen a merlin in ours this week. Sadly it picked off a sweet chickadee.

HansHB said...

Lovely post for WBW!

Ela said...

Such a beautiful big bird !

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Superb.. Great shots.. :-)))

Pam :) said...

She is a beauty. I never knew the difference between male and female.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving Eileen :)

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Oh Eileen, you know how much I love Red-Shoudered Hawks and so I find these images awesome. Happy Thanksgiving!

Stephanie said...

Impressive shots!

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh wow, she is a beauty. We have Red-tailed hawks that hunt the fields from a near by tree but they don't get close enough for good shots even with my telephoto lens.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Neil said...

Beautiful series.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen;
What a beautiful brave looking red shouldered Hawk and the sparrow klooks rare to me p;)

Happy happy Thanksgiving Day to you and hope you are having this special day with all of your famly.

PS> Thank you SO much fo your sweet comments for me, my friend!!!

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

✿ chica said...

Vim agradecer teu carinho pelo niver! Obrigadão! beijos,tudo de bom,chica

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Oh my goodness these photos of the Red Shouldered Hawk are breath taking Eileen.
She is a beautiful speciman - I know part of you wanted her to stay so you could get these images and yet you also had to protect your 'tame' feeders who rely on you....
What a wondrous spectacle Mother nature provides for us.

Happy Thanksgiving
hugs
Shane

Celeste said...

What a beauty. I am sure he was hoping for a meal too ;)

Kim said...

What stunning images of the Red-shouldered Hawk. I would love to see this species!

Rambling Woods said...

Yes they have to eat too, but it makes me sad..I have a lot of places for feeders birds to hide also..Michelle

Icy BC said...

These are fantastic and clear shots from behind the window..The second photo of the hawk turning its head completely around is really amazing!!