From mid-February until mid March, I am always thinking about...just maybe the Red-Shouldered Hawks shall return to our Tingsgrove to rebuild their nesting territory. Thus stated, I am always very careful before I go out into the yard, less they be there and I frighten them during the delicate nest building time. The other day, I had done just that and I saw nothing, and so I entered the side garden. I was busy taking images of a lovely White-throated Sparrow, when out of what seemed like nowhere, came yelling from a tree next to the old nest tree abandoned 6 years ago. It was none other than the female Red-Shouldered Hawk. She had been checking things out I guess and then she flew right over the top of my head, yelling that awesome yell and I felt like shrinking into the earth, yet I already knew in my heart, she had to have seen me. She flew to a tree in front of our garage, where the male brought her a meal. In order not to disturb her, I came inside, but she never returned to our grove, at least not yet. So far as I can tell, mating season has not yet begun for them, but it should soon. I am always hopeful and yet I am also in the know that this is a very delicate balance of nature and if the hawks feel the least bit uncomfortable, they leave and they begin again...yet, I am so hoping that this is the year they shall return to being the Red-Shouldered Hawks of Tingsgrove and leave the Beyond alone for a season~
*Note some are thinking that I have meant that the hawks have returned in my post above, yet here is what I said in one reply on facebook to my neighbor who asked when she saw this post:
Marquisa, no they have not returned yet, just was hoping. They were on the grove the day I took these. I had no idea they were near and was out beside house in garden and taking photos of the songbirds, when the female hawk began to yell and had been right next to old nest tree the whole time. I guess she was scouting out her old territory and then the male brought her the meal, and she left. No nest building yet anywhere, as far as I can tell, but any time they will begin.
They are already courting with the male bringing her the meal;)
~ Happy SkyWatch Friday and Happy Weekend ~
I invite you to check out more 'Skywatch Friday' posts from around the world at: