This hawk swooped down from a tree on Hole 9, trying to catch a squirrel. It came up empty-taloned.
Several Scarlet Tanagers have been flitting around the trees in our yard over the last week or so. They’ve been so quick that the photo below is the best snapshot I could get. Click here for a post from 2013 that has some better tanager photos.
This bluebird splayed out in the sunshine for about 15 seconds, then flew away. Click here for a similar post about a blue jay.
This hawk sat on a tree limb, in our backyard, for well over an hour yesterday afternoon. Click here for a post from last summer that also shows a hawk that didn’t seem to mind the rain.
This black vulture was hanging out in a tree at Bent Tree’s Saddle Club Horse Park.
Yesterday, there was a flurry of activity in the dogwood tree (the same one from Saturday’s post). Several juvenile tufted titmice were flitting around the branches for a few minutes, so I grabbed my camera and started snapping pictures (see below for a couple of different shots of one of the birds). In the midst of all of that, a hummingbird landed on a branch long enough for me to get a pretty good shot (see header photo above).
This hawk sat on the same branch for over an hour in the rain, yesterday. For most of that time, it was standing on one foot. According to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology website “Birds will often stand on one foot to minimize heat loss.”