Monday, March 10, 2014

Wild Birds

I always see hawks flying around the field between me and my neighbor. Ever since the first of March I have often seen a pair. In the five years we've lived here this is the first time I've seen two at once. Last Tuesday I saw this guy. He was too far for a close up but for the record I wanted to know he'd been here. I didn't download my memory card until yesterday. Do you see what I did when I examined the photo? Look closely at that walnut limb that got in my way. See the feet and tail feathers? Yep, his good ole matey was right there.
 
This Eastern Towhee has also been around for a couple of weeks. It's the first winter they have visited the bird feeders. He's a little shy and hangs back in the wisteria vines so I haven't been able to get a good portrait of him either but he's a welcome addition to the flock.

EDITED: The comments indicate I should provide more info on where to look in the first photo. Look at the bottom of the dark limb on the right where it seems to jut into the photo and you can just barely see the feet and tail feathers of the other hawk.

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday (on Tuesday).

27 comments:

Red said...

Great catch with your hawks. We sometimes concentrate on one think and miss what else is there. I really had to look for this one.

TexWisGirl said...

i'd love to see a towhee sometime!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wow - great shots. I had to come back three times to find the mate - and then when I found it - was surprised at how easy it was to see.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

It took me awhile to find the mate too. The little towhee is a cutie.

DeniseinVA said...

Great catch on your second hawk. Lovely photos! Fun to find things in our photos we didn't spot the first time.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Wow - I don't know how you saw that other hawk - thanks for the added clue! What a great catch!

Findlay Wilde said...

It's always a nice surprise to see something in a picture you didn't see at the time. But it can be a bit annoying as well knowing that you missed it. From Findlay

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh I see him (her?)...anyway the other one. I love finding surprises when I download the camera.

Gail Dixon said...

Awesome shot of the towhee. I see the mate in the first photo. Cool!

EagleAye said...

Beautiful pics. I just recently got a shot of the Towhee. I was very jazzed to get a pic. Your shot is great.

Gunilla Bäck said...

The hawk is gorgeous! I found the mate before I read the clues. :)

mick said...

Great to capture both hawks in the one photo and the Towhee is beautiful.

Rajesh said...

Superb shots of birds.

Ela said...

Gorgeous photos of birds :)

eileeninmd said...

Great sighting of the Hawk couple, Carletta. I found the second hawk, no proble. Love the cute Towhee too. Have a happy week!

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Great capture of the Hawk and I saw the other one before the clue although I don;t think I would have seen it if you had not told us it was in the shot! You have sharp eyes.

Jen said...

The clue helped. Found him. That is a wonderful photograph. They don't have to all be closeups.

Nicki said...

Saw it as soon as you said "look closer" - neat! Beautiful images - you are the bird-whisperer.

Gordon said...

Nice shots, well spotted as regards the other bird, and the Towhee looks great.
Alol the best Gordon.

Small City Scenes said...

Excellent!!!! Good eye. MB

Wally Jones said...

Magnificent hawks!
Love the Towhee picture - they've really been singing everywhere around here lately.

Rose said...

He sure looks focused on something!

I have not seen the towhee around here...need to check and see if they live here. I am betting they do.

Shey Wicklund said...

Love watching hawks and other raptors too. I've seen spotted towhee but not an eastern one yet. maybe in the future. :)

diane b said...

I found his mate first up which is unusual for me. The little shy one is cute and the light in the photo is super.

bailey-road.com said...

The Towhee is a beautiful little bird.

Mary Cromer said...

So lovely these 2 birds~

Chris Rohrer said...

I am hoping to find one of these Eastern Towhees:) They are cool birds!