Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Red Shouldered Hawk and Turkey Vultures

The Turkey Vultures aka Buzzards are back.  Dan spotted one last Thursday, March 14.  This morning I saw two soaring over the valley.    As you know, they are my favorites. They just seem to enjoy life:  soaring on wind currents, sitting on fence posts, eating……

Previous first sightings are as follows:  2012 – March 2 / 2011 – March 17 /2010 – no record /2009 – March 12 / 2008 – March 20.  Definitely they are within the usual time.  The mild winter might explain the early sighting last year.

This afternoon we saw a Red Shouldered Hawk.

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It was sitting on one of the posts we have in the garden.  We don’t remember having seen one before, although, with a little research, I find they are common in our area of Kansas and south.  One interesting fact is they can become quite tame if not threatened.  Perhaps that explains why it was comfortable so close to the house. 

This map shows their territory.

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