Juvenile Hawk in the Backyard

You never know what nature is going to show you…

When I went into the garage to move the clothes from the washer to the dryer, I noticed a large bird in the backyard.  I got my camera and tried to get some pictures of it. They weren’t very good because I was shooting through the glass of the kitchen window, but I could tell that it was a large juvenile Red-Shouldered Hawk. It had killed a rat and was trying to figure out how to get a good hold of it so it could fly off with it.  When I took the camera outside to try to get a better shot, the hawk flew up onto the fence with the rat in tow, and then took off.  It’s really unusual to see a hawk of that size in our neighborhood – but there must be enough food, i.e. rats, around for it to eat or it wouldn’t be here. It was a cool treat to be able to see it.

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