Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Hark! me thinks that's a Hawk..


We were eating breakfast and a really loud shrieking was coming from the back yard, on the way out I grabbed the camera... there he was sitting way up on the power line. Took a shot! with a camera silly..


I returned to breakfast...again with the loud shrieking... what is up with that? Per internet this is a red tailed hawk, the most common in North America and he was shrieking to claim his territory. NO OTHERS HUNTING ALLOWED UPDATE: TexWisGirl thinks he is a Red Shoulder. Feel free to tell me what he is.

Me thinks he is a HAWK

 I stood staring up in the tree, could not see him anywhere, He moved slightly and he was 20 feet up over my head.. Giving me the evil  hawk eye...





In this tree...

He doesn't seem to be to happy with the snappy lady snapping her camera. thrilling, even though HE ATE ALL OUR BIRDS..

thank you to Andrea Priebe, who in the comments said a juvenile red shoulder and asked if the sound was like the one i had. It is not. i found the Red shoulder sound and have added it...the second one down is what we see and hear.


24 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i'm gonna say no on the red-tail id now that i see his breast feathers. they usually have a white bib breast. this might be the redshoulder as you initially suspected. heck. i'm too lazy to dig out the bird book right now...

Ann said...

Good shot!!! These are awesome and it does look like he's giving you the evil hawk eye. We had one sitting in a tree in our back yard one day and I was amazed at how long they can sit and watch for dinner.

eileeninmd said...

Good morning, Sandra! Awesome series on the Hawk. He does have an evil eye. I hope he did not eat all your birds.

I hope you are feeling bettter, enjoy your day!

Mildred said...

Sorry I am late getting to read your last several posts. Computer problems...argh! Such clear, pretty photos of the hawk. My cats love the shrieking! lol

Cranberry Morning said...

Hawk, and that's about as specific as I can get without my bird book. Be sure to stay out of his tree. Lol. Doesn't sound like he likes visitors.

Madi and Mom said...

MS bravo these are the best up close and personal photos. MS and her new camera are a great team!!!
Our windows were just delivered. LOL FBI and CIA safe house that was funny
Madi's safe house is in the study/red room where her sunpuddle lives no window just a sky light. Bryan's train room is on one side of her safe house and the guest bedroom is up here too. If they would do the 3 windows up here first maybe she and I could hold up in the office. We'll see. If she is spooked I don't want her darting off. I'll be happy when this is and the painting of the windows next week is over.
One more day until your dr. appt.
Hugs Cecilia

Kathy said...

Great hawk shots! Sounds like he's found a good hunting ground in your yard.

Barbara Hale said...

Sure looks like a hawk to me. They can be pretty noisy for sure. I am so sorry to hear about Baby. That's tough. Thanks so much for your words of condolence on my blog. It has been a long, hard month, but I think we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

Chatty Crone said...

I am not sure what he is - Tex is pretty smart tho. I think that it is so cool to be able to capture him in photos. Hope you are feeling a little better.

Anita Johnson said...

My dog went wild when I played the video of the hawk shrieking! Great photos. I agree, I think it's a red shouldered hawk. A true red tail has a, well, really red tail!

Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

Happy to learn you felt up to snapping and what you captured is magnificent.

Ginny said...

Gorgeous predator shots! It must have been painful taking them, but we have never backed down from a snapping challenge! Poor little small birdies...

carolann said...

Oh wow imagine coming to you the gal who loves her camera and does get great takes.

Great takes Sandra. May you be feeling okay today.

Was it today you are going to see what is your pain and how to relieve it?


When I go I know the same day most times after being there for hours.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Great shots. I don't think it's a Red-tailed Hawk. They have a very definite band of darker feather across the belly and more of a red tail.I love the pictures.

Dory and the Mama said...

Totally Awesome shot!!!

Andrea Priebe said...

I'm going to throw a wrench in everyone's guess. I am going to say a juvenile Red Shouldered Hawk because he has the speckled chest and the barred tail of a juvenile. His bone structure is also finer than the Red Tail Hawk. The real clue is the "screaming" he is doing. Does it sound like the recording you included, because if it does it is a Red Tail. I can tell you that the Red Shoulder sounds totally different with a series of high screechy cries. Will the mystery ever be solved ? :)

Andrea @ From The Sol

Rose said...

I think its a hawk, too...LOL I have trouble identifying hawks. There are just so many and when you look at the books on them...well, I get even more confused. The one I can usually identify is the Northern Harrier...and notice I say usually.

I am envious of him visiting you, though! Great captures.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

He did give you an evil eye! Scary looking to me.....some great shots here

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

It's been awhile since I have seen a hawk of any thoe looking for a meal as our apt is too high up to see any in the trees below. But at our VA house, ones similar to this one (red tail) could be seen auite often.

EG CameraGirl said...

UH-OH! I bet the rest of the birds in your neighbourhood have scattered!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Great shots, you captured him perfectly! We have a lot of hawks at our house flying around. I love those videos, thanks for sharing them.

Eva Marie O'Brien said...

That's a nice bird and really great shots. I wouldn't know what type of hawk this is though

Ida said...

What a beauty your hawk is. Loved hearing the video too.

pattisjarrett said...

They do make some noise! I've learned from other bloggers to look for a patterned "belly band" to ID Red-tail Hawks. Though juveniles of any bird species can be tricky to ID sometimes. So nice of it to sit for a photo session.