Krista Gridley, Gene Keferl and Larry Carlile were there, but the hawk had not been seen. Sandy Beasley and I left about 1:30 to go grab some lunch, leaving my phone number with Krista. Well no sooner had we ordered our Mexican food than my cell phone rang. The hawk had reappeared above Nicole's house. We said we had a bird emergency, paid for our food, asked that it be boxed to go for later pick up and rushed back to Nicole's. We were fortunate that the bird was still being seen at a distance and that it then proceeded to fly back toward us and over the house. It was up against the blue sky making for decent photos.
This was only the second time I have seen this species, the first time being a dark morph bird in central Florida in 1999. We enjoyed watching it plummet towards the earth in a steep dive on several occasions.
|Short-tailed Hawk 4/29/13|
|Great Crested Flycatcher pair near nest box|
|Mr. Bluebird scouts the box|