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04/24/06
Red-Tailed Hawks
Filed under: Ramblings
Posted by: Tim @ 10:20 am

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.

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