,,,sitting not 15 feet away from me on a branch of the magnolia outside the office window. He’s been there for at least fifteen minutes, sitting and watching for little visitors or meals to come by.
I’ve looked on-line for pictures of hawks to determine what kind of hawk he is, and my best guess is a Red-tailed hawk. He’s sitting with his back to me. He’s at least twelve inches tall, probably more. He has a brown back with white speckles or spots lining the outer sides of his back. He has white-ish gray feathers folded behind his tail feathers, and it looks as though there are white-ish stripes on the back of his head. He’s a very handsome bird. Hmmm…no red tail. I’ll have to check the bird books.
He’s sitting on a shaded branch where the forsythia in front gives him cover. HIs head has been swiveling, watching everything around him. I thought for a moment that he might be aware of me, when the cloud cover made the light from the monitor more obvious, but he didn’t leave.
I’m on the opposite side of the house from the bird feeders. This is the first time I can remember having seen a bird this large so close to this side of the house. Usually we see them using the bird feeders to hunt up a meal.
He ruffled his feathers and there are considerably more white feathers than I realized.
My quilting bee is coming to dinner. I can’t stay to watch any longer, darn it!