A p r o n h e a d -- Lilly Green
I have seen some red-tailed hawks aloft now and then, but my Coopers have been gone all summer. Not sure where they go.
I was thinking it would be so nice to get a picture of a hawk beside my neighbor’s pink roses while they are still in bloom; and wouldn’t you know, a huge one came calling. He planted himself not in the many shadows of my east yard, as the blue hour was upon us and only a portion of the yard was sunlit. He positioned himself in perfect sight of my window by the roses in the soft evening light.
I fired off a few shots, then gently opened the door and shot as I walked toward him. He was totally unintimidated by me and only flew off when our collie came running down the walk. I welcomed him, all the time saying, “Please don’t kill my birdies!”
Did I miss this the first time?? I sure cannot remember. These are great photos, but it seems a little thin. Let him have a house sparrow or two. If only we could train them to eat certain species, but then if they ran out they’d have to eat something else.
Oh, I think Cooper’s stick to more heavily wooded areas during breeding. I never see any in the summer, either.
I will see red-tailed ones still in the summer. Not here but out further near some of the open desert and farm fields. The only wooded areas we have are a little higher, up the mountain. So maybe they go there to breed and keep a little cooler in the summer heat.
Neat shots! The rose(s) do make a nice backdrop.