nesting

No, no… I’m not nesting! Spring cleaning perhaps, but don’t get any ideas. LOL. The title of this entry refers to a pair of hawks that are nesting in a tree in the woods directly behind our house. Jake noticed them flying around the other morning, and when we took a closer look we noticed a nest in one of the trees! This morning I jumped outside in my bare feet (crazy I know because it was darn chilly) and I was able to snap a few shots using my zoom lens.

hawk nesting in our yard

hawk nesting in our yard

hawk nesting in our yard

I’m about 90 percent sure it’s a red-tailed hawk (commonly known as a chickenhawk). These glorious raptors feed on mice, squirrels, rabbits, reptiles, and other small animals. I’m not sure they typically eat chickens, but I bet they go for the chicks. Hence, the nickname perhaps? At any rate, clearly these guys like their meat and wouldn’t go for the bird equivalent of Fastin. No need with all the flying they do! The nest is quite high up. I took this photo to give you an idea just how far up the tree the nest is located:

hawk nesting in our yard

The base of the tree is not shown in the photo because the woods dip down and there is no way in heck I’m tromping around without bug spray now that the warmer weather is approaching. I’m not taking a chance with the deer ticks. I’m enjoying my hawks, though, and wondering if the wood duck will return this year, as well!

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