HAWK GOES HUNTING

NOTE: This is the second blog post about the adventures of the redtail hawk in Chagrin River Park. You can read the first installment HERE.

On my trail walk in Chagrin River Park this afternoon the first thing I decided to do was check out the screech owl nest to see if he was at home. The sun was out, the sky was blue, and I thought I might be able to get a clear shot of the owl if he was in the nesting box. So I followed the trail down into the bog, and standing right under his nest, I took this shot:

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It’s almost identical to the picture I posted of him last week, except the light was a little better and I was able to show his toes in the picture because he was leaning out just a little farther and gripping the edge of the nest with his toes. They’re pretty lethal looking, don’t you think? And then something unexpected happened. A hawk flew in and landed on a branch over my head right next to the owl nest.

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Of course the owl immediately pulled his head in and disappeared from sight, and I was only able to capture a few pictures of the hawk before he took off again. So I followed him, and it was pretty obvious that he was in hunting mode. He flew about a quarter of a mile away, landing again in the top of a tree, which gave me time to catch up with him and get some pretty interesting shots.

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After surveying the area from his treetop, he flew to the ground and began seriously hunting for food. Scroll through this gallery to see in detail what the hawk did next:

There you have it: The end of the snake and the end of the story, but not the end of my attempts to chronicle the ADVENTURES OF HAWK.

Thanks for joining me on the trail today, and be sure to join me on the trail for future adventures. There are always new things to see!

TRAIL WALKER

 

 

 

 

Photo Almanac-Jan. 24 to Feb. 1, 2016

Another week flew by already! Here we are  in the first week of February, and once again I am frantically trying to get caught up with my blog posts…not to mention checking out the other awesome blogs I enjoy.

Gallery one: Birds

The last week in January was a cold one with snow still on the ground from last week’s storm. As a result, food for the birds wasn’t easily available,  so they were looking for supplements. It turns out that they love the little bite-sized bark butter bits, as you can see from some of the pictures in this gallery.

If you are a bird lover, you might want to check out the bark butter bits at the store that supplies your bird food. We purchase bags of Jim’s Birdacious Bark Butter Bits (with calcium) at our neighborhood WILD BIRDS UNLIMITED store. Can’t vouch for the flavor personally, since I’m more inclined toward brownies or some other chocolatey treat for my snacks, but the birds sure love them. The pictures are proof of that!

Gallery two: Land and Riverscapes

So were the birds the only evidence that it has been a cold week? Take a look at this gallery of pictures of the river for more evidence. That chunky ice looks pretty cold, and the sky is grey and mostly overcast, typical of our January weather.

 

Finally: Two favorites from this week

To close this week’s Almanac, here are two of my favorites:

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Screech owl looking over the bog from the front door of his nest
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Late afternoon along the river trail

That’s it from the south shore of Lake Erie for the last week of January. Please stop by in a day or two for some February pictures. Meanwhile, wherever you live, whatever the weather, get out on a trail near you, take some pictures, and find a way to share them with some friends. That’s what I’m doing.

Trail Walker

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