This morning I walked into the kitchen as usual, looked out the window into the back yard…and froze. About 30 feet away was a pair of red-tailed hawks just standing on the ground in the back yard. One immediately flew away and the other stayed for a moment, and then also flew off. Immediately after that, I noticed a turkey vulture circling the yard. As soon as the hawks were gone, he swooped in low for a look. Alas, no carrion for breakfast in this yard.
A bit later this morning, I discovered what the hawks were doing in the back yard. I want to get a cup of coffee and saw one of the hawks again standing in the grass, this time a little closer to the house - about 20 feet from the kitchen sink window. It was doing something I never knew hawks did - catching and eating earthworms! I watched for about five minutes, trying to be still as possible while that majestic creature scarfed down at least a dozen worms.
There are at least two of these hawks that frequent the neighborhood. I often hear them screeching as they circle about overhead. Sometimes I even see them sitting on a perch in the back yard. I absolutely love watching birds of prey.