New arrivals… (Viewer Discretion is advised)

Well, after one of the longest, coldest and snowiest winters I can remember in this area, it looks like maybe spring has finally sprung… The birds have slowly been filtering back over the past month or so, waiting for the snow to go – wow, talk about some confused looks  from the robins as they try to feed through the 1-3 feet of reluctant white-stuff. This is the first Swainson’s of the year I have seen, though the Red-Tails have been back for a couple of weeks now, finding it easy picking as the gophers run across snow-covered fields – they really might as well have bright red targets painted across their backs!

Spring Harvest

Poor gophers – absolute fodder for the predators around this part of the world, winged or otherwise… This beautiful hawk settled in and proceeded to finish his meal right in front of me before I had to end the session to avoid annoying our dayhome with a late pickup! Looking forward to the next few months with the new arrivals…

Circle of life?
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~ by Kerry Statham on April 25, 2011.

2 Responses to “New arrivals… (Viewer Discretion is advised)”

  1. hey Kerry…. it’s been a while since you posted! These are great shots of a wonderful bird… taken for granted I feel around here sometimes … were these taken on the golf course… if not where?

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leah

    • Thanks Leah… No, taken NW of town in an area that usually holds a lot of these guys through the “warmer” – take that for what you will – months. I have been seeing lots of the Red-Tails over the past 2-3 weeks, but today was the first one of these I have seen, and like I said, he cooperated beautifully. A bit nervous at first, but settled right in and let me click away until I had to get going.

      Thanks for looking in Leah!
      K

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