I was ready to go to work and I can hear the juvenile red tail crying in the tree across the street. What to do. OK so I looked. Couldn't find him because he was in the neighbours yard and it was too early to ask permission to go there. He was crying for a good 15 min and I know exactly were he was.
Got to work to find out I just missed the juvenile red tail attacking the Canada goose in the front yard by 5 minutes (wouldn't you know it). the youngster has been seen on the hydro poles, flying above work and on the cranes at the construction site. So they are close to the office still.
Arrived home to see the juvenile hovering over the house down the road - he was motionless for a good 2 minutes then dove straight down. What a sight. Must have been successful as he didn't come back up in the air.
Man you gotta love this.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Hi there. Home due to illness and was sitting in the backyard the last two days. Yesterday was treated to a beautiful large female red tail swooping over my rooftop going after the pigeons. Today I went out side to read and have a look to see out of the corner of my eyes a red tail hawk circling above the sky quite high. Stood up and went inside to get my camera and though maybe with some luck he will come closer. Well he sure did as he used my backyard as a runway screaming the whole way while he chased the pigeons. See first photo. He then sat on top of my largest tree (I couldn't see hime without my binos) and the red tail chased anything that came in my yard for over an hour. He circled me while I sat there - up and down the yard. I honestly could not get a shot as he was so fast (I have shots of a tail, a head, a wing etc). I feel lucky to have this one shot. This young fledlging was calling the whole time. The adult was circling the lake in the distance. I never did see the young catch anything but what an amazing morning. I was telling my friend Carol how much I missed watching the red tails well the last two days was wonderful. Nice to have them come to you in your back yard and work.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I hope you have enjoyed the red tail family this year. This has been one of the best experiences of my life. I enjoyed watching the adults build the nest, the female sitting on the eggs, wondering how many little eyas there will be, seeing the eyas for the first time, then realizing there were 3, watching them fly, playing together and more.
I will be watching for any sightings of the red tail hawks family but it appears they have moved on.
With any luck there will be a family in the nest next year.
Thanks for you emails and comments. Please keep the notes coming.