|Evan running faster than his dad to chase the crow mob.|
|Sharp-shinned or Cooper's?|
Not long after this outing, I was back in the park looking for warblers and vireos. I had finally found my nemesis bird, the Blue-headed Vireo, but I couldn't get a picture of it. So I went early the next morning to hopefully get another crack at it. The park was alive with all kinds of migrating birds. I saw Red-eyed Vireos, American Redstarts, a Yellow Warbler, a Nashville Warbler, a Black-and-White Warbler, a Golden-winged Warbler, and this Philadelphia Vireo.
I found that this hawk was extremely tame as I walked within 10 feet of it! I've never been that close to a hawk in the wild before. No binoculars or super-zoom camera was needed to see the fine features of this bird. As I crept closer to the bird I thought I was being stupid - those talons are sharp...what if he didn't like me so close? As a precaution, I put a light pole between myself and the bird and used it as a brace for taking pictures.
|Parents, watch your kiddos...|
I don't know if there was something wrong with this hawk or not, but no matter where it went in the park, I could get within ten feet of it.
|Here the hawk is not bothered by joggers and cars on the road just a few feet away. They, too, were oblivious to him.|
All these birds of prey in the park prove that birders aren't the only ones aware of migrating song birds. These raptors were also keenly tuned in to the uptick in bird activity. In addition to seeing the three species of hawks mentioned in this post, I also saw a Bald Eagle flying through the park shortly after encountering the Red-tailed Hawk. Even though these guys put a damper on birding for the small stuff, they provide their own style of entertainment and keep things interesting.
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