Hawks in the country
Red-shouldered Hawks are not noted for frequenting citified areas. You may find them perched, like this one, on tall utility poles out along the country roads near open fields.
Why? In most cases because in the country there are field mice and other rodents near the poles but there are no ‘highway mice’ to be had by freeways. In this case the Hawk was calling to his mate. Red tailed Hawk calling Who shortly appeared in answer.
Hawks on a Freeway
You don’t expect to find Hawks along major freeways in built up areas. Imagine my surprise to find a pair hunting from the utility lines along a six-lane freeway, right in front of a motel situated on the frontage road, just across the bridge from where I live. But there they were, so off I went to get my camera and return. I didn’t stop to wonder why.
Later I thought about it. It was January when the tides are the highest and the rising water had driven the voles and field mice to higher ground. A small lagoon close by the freeway had pushed out of its normal banks and the resident critters along with it. Just right for the Hawks who were passing through the area.
While they were wary of me they did let me close enough to get several nice shots.
For several days the pair hunted from the power lines until high tide of the month was past, the water had pulled back and the temporary food supply had largely been consumed. Then the pair moved on. I heard reports of them being sighted about a mile away but was unable to find them when I checked. Fortunately, they stayed long enough for me to get t some of the best Hawk photos I have taken. Here are a few.
I’m looking hopefully towards next January, the hunting was good enough this year to make me suspect they will return. If they do, I’ll be ready.
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