Right Across The Street: An Uncommon Sight

On Thursday, I felt a bit sad that I would only have this picture to share today.

Despite seeing this sign on my recent venture to Weston Bend State Park: 

A bit frustrating to go on a trail with a sign like this and not see a single bird! Okay, I did see a few birds flitting about really high in the trees.  Much too high to identify.  And heard a few calls as well. However, I did not photograph a single bird on my hike!

The rest of the week was busy with work and Halloween. Thursday afternoon, I opened the door to check on the little gray cat. And noticed a large bird sitting on the utility pole across the street.

I knew it was a hawk but it looked different from the Cooper’s hawks I frequently see. 

The coloring wasn’t the same. And of course, the bird moved to a street light a bit further away while I ran inside to grab the camera.  He, at least, stayed somewhat in camera range.  I ran in to see if my husband knew what kind of hawk sat on the pole. No idea. So I grabbed my phone and put the info in the bird app. 

A Red Shouldered Hawk listed as uncommon for our area!

And so back outside I ran, taking photos and sharing with any poor passing soul (waving to our mailman) about how there’s a red-shouldered hawk over there! It’s uncommon for our area! 

Occasionally, he’d swoop down and away. Then, he’d return and I’d snap a few more pictures.  Though the songbirds remained mostly silent and still, I heard a rare peep from a sparrow. One bold bird taunted the hawk. My camera wouldn’t zoom far enough to pick it up but I think it was either a Blue jay or a mockingbird. The hawk merely looked annoyed as though it were a fly on the wall.  I felt so lucky to spend my afternoon observing and photographing such a beautiful bird! 

Linking this post up with Bird Depot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather B Birdin’. Make sure to visit and check out all the amazing bird photos on her blog!

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8 thoughts on “Right Across The Street: An Uncommon Sight

  1. Rebecca Knox

    Aren’t they beautiful? I don’t remember if you were in the auditorium at Prairie, but we have a red-shouldered hawk on display there and I’ve noticed a pair of them hanging around our neighborhood here in town. In fact, I’ve seen them three times in the past week! Red-shouldered hawks are quickly becoming my favorite hawk. Great pics! Blessings for a great weekend! <3

    1. Jean Post author

      Yes, it was such a beautiful bird! I probably saw the bird on display in your auditorium although I saw so many amazing things at your park I can’t remember. First time I’ve ever seen one around here. Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you for the compliments! I was just excited to have a “different” (to me) bird to share. Hope your weekend has been a good one!

  2. anotherbirdblog

    Hi Jean. Birding trips don’t always turn out wee. Problem is, those danged birds have wings and can fly away. Never mind, those are good shots of the Red-shouldered Hawk

    1. Jean Post author

      Ha, that is my problem…the birds always fly away instead of posing! Having a cat for an assistant doesn’t help matters either. Thank you. Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend!

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