Hawk Watch

It’s another beautiful day in paradise. It’s seventy degrees and sunny; I am sitting outside at the desk in our yard, wearing jeans and a t-shirt, watching the dogs run around like little monsters.

So far, no more plumbing leaks. We have yet to fix the hole in our wall and are living in a partial construction zone. Still, I can’t complain. This morning for work I covered an event called “Hawk Watch,” which is held every weekend in January and February. I figure if I keep pitching wildlife-related stories that they’ll start to get the hint that wildlife is what I want to write about! So far, so good.

Not much new has happened since our plumbing issues but I wanted to share some photos I took from today’s event. It was pretty neat.

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The location of the event overlooks the grasslands area, which is one place we have regularly gone hiking with the dogs.

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Things are getting nice and green around here with all the rain we’ve been having — and it looks beautiful.

There were a couple of speakers from the Wildlife Research Institute who gave presentations about raptors. I learned some very interesting stuff.

They also had three licensed falconers who brought in a variety of birds for us to see up close.

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Young red-tailed hawk with hood on.

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American Kestrel

I have always wanted to see an American Kestrel in person. I think they are beautiful. I was really excited about this one! They are the smallest species of falcon.

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Gyrfalcon with hood on.
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Without hood.

The birds below are Harris’s Hawks, which are the only social hawks in the world.

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Harris’s Hawk

The last bird is a peregrine falcon, which I learned can fly up to 240mph.

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Peregrine in flight

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It has been a pretty cool day so far. I met some very interesting people and ran into a few people who recognized me from other events. I just wanted to share some photos from today and wish everyone a happy Saturday!


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