One of my favorite pastimes during my morning commute on the highway is to count how many red-tailed
|let sleeping hawks lie|
On some days there have been twenty birds on just over 17 miles of roadway during my commute. It brings a huge smile to my face when I see quite a few, like that.
These birds of pray are gracious and fluid in their movements. When they sit still or take a nap they look like sentries, ever watchful.
Their coloring is a light tan looking, very feathery belly or a sandy/dark brown splotch against the bright skies.
rooftop and gutter of the townhouse in front of ours.
They are quite noisy when they want to be, but I felt their being there was a treat. I wondered whether they were trying to tell us something, since that house they were resting over had been unlived in for almost a year.
I certainly wouldn't have minded it, if they were looking for squatters' rights.
It's neat seeing these hawks soaring through bright skies and in-between dark leafed trees when the warmer months are around. I sometimes see a couple of hawks by our house do a little tag-team hunting among wintry chilled and bare woods, while I walk my dog.
The first time I learned about the red-tailed hawk prevalence in our area was when I visited the Phillips Park Zoo in Aurora, Illinois, in September of 2009. That's probably when I started paying more attention at what wildlife lived near where I lived.
|no pictures please, Phillips Zoo hawk|
That guy at the Zoo was not very happy. He must have had to sit through having his photo taken by all the tourists going by that day. So he made sure to turn away for privacy when it was my turn in front of his cage.
I look forward to many more sightings of wild and free red-tailed hawks on the days to come. :o)