After Work Walk
We had the most beautiful day today with temperatures reaching 60°F and melting most of the soft fluffy snow that I was hiking in yesterday. I couldn’t resist walking around Red House Lake after work and enjoying some fresh warm spring air. It’s too bad that they are predicting freezing rain tomorrow and more snow by dusk. These teasers are still needed weather breaks with spring only 17 days away.
I enjoyed watching a few Crow family groups doing some territory cawing and chasing of other neighboring family groups from the pines. The dominant pair could be starting to select their tree for building their nest with today’s warmer temperatures . . . . which is probably whey they are acting this way. Once the neighbors got a little too close the other group’s pines . . . . the crows would chase them back the other direction. It was both noisy and entertaining to watch these velvet black birds behaving this way.
While chatting with another local photographer that was also enjoying the day. . . we noticed the Crows vocalization change to a mobbing call. We looked up to find a larger bird circling around the crows. After every crows attention focused on this reddish tailed and white bellied hawk . . . I quickly tried capturing a few photos of it. The hawk disappeared as quickly as it arrived and the crow’s volume decreased equally as quickly.
Highlight of the day had to be my first American Robin’s for 2008 (CHECK)! I didn’t have my camera or binoculars with me (was working) but I did flushed these two rusty bellied friends from the road up into a leafless maple. How I wish I had my camera with me!!
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