Ready to launch into a new year for me!!! I’d like to start off by thanking everyone for the super nice birthday wishes and even gifts!!! I had no signal most of the day yesterday but I read all your messages as they came in slowly... such kind wishes!!! Many thanks!!!
Here is my usual suspect Red Shouldered Hawk, his young must have fledged and he is back to hunting the open field mainly for insects! 🐦 This hawk generally hunts from a perch, waiting for its prey to reveal itself and then swooping down to snatch it from the ground or water surface. The Red-shoulder's diet is broad, although small mammals (especially chipmunks, mice, and voles), frogs, and snakes comprise the bulk of its diet in most areas. Birds, crayfish, and insects are key food items in certain areas and seasons.
🐦 Distinguished by its “red” shoulder patches, black-and-white checkered flight feathers (seen from above), and translucent, crescent-shaped wing panel in the outer primaries (seen from below when the wing is backlit), the Red-shouldered Hawk has been well surveyed at hawk watch locations throughout North America. It is a partial migrant, with only northernmost populations moving south for winter 🐦 RSH in the East thrive in suburban habitats with nearby woodlands. Variability is also evident in prey selection: northern birds tend to eat primarily small mammals while southern birds focus on amphibians and snakes but even within a single location, Red-shouldered Hawks demonstrate dietary flexibility, switching prey from year to year, depending on availability
🔸Tawny Frogmouth 🔸
This beautiful pair I spotted in a Eucalypt in my garden, sheltering from the horrendous high winds we had on Sunday. After giving me several shots as they jostled the gusty winds they gave up and flew to a safer tree.