A dark brown shape, a jumble of wings and talons. Flying feathers, uprooted autumn leaves, a flurry of snow. When the 'dust' cleared, I realized it was a rather large hawk, and it was expertly dissecting a newly caught 'something' for lunch. In all the photos you can see some of 'the something' on the … Continue reading Red-tailed Hawk Dines in our Yard
Bald eagles are not really bald; the name comes from an older meaning of the word - "white headed". The largest eagles are in Alaska. Large females may weigh more than 7 kg (15 lb) and have a wing span of 2.44 m (8 ft 0 in). The average lifespan of bald eagles in the … Continue reading Bald Eagle – Canada – Filters
Happy Easter All! Hope you had an excellent time (in whatever social distance way you chose) with family and friends... Also hope you had some close up encounters with chocolate bunnies. More Thoughts About Chocolate A while back I did a blog post full of Chocolate Quotations. Here is another one I found since then: … Continue reading This and That – Olive and Mabel #1, #2 (Videos)
The Feather Files Name: Bald Eagle Species: Haliaeetus leucocephalus Native to and Migration: Resident to long-distance migrant throughout Canada and the United States. Northern adults begin fall migration when lakes and rivers freeze - migrating coastward or to open water. They return to breeding grounds when weather and food permit, usually January–March. Date Seen: April … Continue reading Bald Eagle in Arizona
The Feather Files Name: Broad-winged Hawk Species: Buteo platypterus Native to and Migration: The Broad-winged hawk breeds throughout much of Canada and the Central and Eastern part of the United States. In the fall, hundreds of thousands of them migrate in large flocks to Mexico and Central America. Date Seen: May 2014 Location: North of … Continue reading Broad-winged Hawk
These Turkey Vultures were perched on a palm tree overlooking the business district in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. We were on a roof top patio, having dinner. We watched the vultures. The vultures watched us. These Turkey Vultures were perched on cactus near a restaurant near San Jose del Cabo. We had lunch and … Continue reading Turkey Vulture
The Feather Files Name: Swainson's Hawk Species: Buteo swainsoni Native to and Migration: In fall they fly to their Argentine wintering grounds in one of the longest migrations of any raptor. They form flocks of hundreds or thousands as they travel. Date Seen: August 30, 2018 Location: North of Calgary, Alberta, Canada Notes: These birds … Continue reading Swainson’s Hawks – Summer 2018
We haven't seen the Great Horned Owl Family very often this past month, but I now have a permanent set of Owlet triplets to remind me of how special it was to watch the Owls. I crocheted my own owls from a pattern at Jacquie's Website. Jacquie says "If you are proficient at crochet you … Continue reading Crochet Owls and Great Horned Owl Update
We saw two of the owlets in mid July. Compare how they looked in May (above) to July (below)! There were a few other owls flying nearby too, but they didn't 'set down' long enough for me to get a photo.
The adult owls and the owlets appeared in our back yard at about 9:45 PM for three nights in a row. The adults hunted and the owlets begged for food. It didn't take very long for the adult to serve up dinner on top of the large rock in the field. Two owlets quickly joined … Continue reading Great Horned Owl – What Do They Eat?