Raptor Wednesday

Circling Red-tailed Hawk.
While a Green Heron keeps an eye on it.
A few minutes later, probably the same Red-tailed.
Being read the Riot Act by a pair of Northern Mockingbirds.
Nearly an hour later, I heard some American Robins sounding the alarm and looked up into a black oak. But the culprit was on the ground.
With a Gray Squirrel for lunch.
This russety throat made me think this was a juvenile bird, but it had the red tail feathers of an adult after all.
An hour and a half after my first encounter with the first Red-tail, I was back in that area. The hawk had moved to a nearby tree, and so had one of the Mockingbirds.

2 Responses to “Raptor Wednesday”

  1. 1 gkleing3 July 28, 2021 at 7:54 am

    Likely molting?

    • 2 mthew July 28, 2021 at 9:17 am

      Yes, gaps in tail and wings show the missing feathers where the old ones have dropped out. Also, molting is something that happens after breeding, so timing is good, too.

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