Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sighting of the Day - Hawk

cooper's hawk, bird, oranges, central california
So, I was walking past a window, and as I looked out, saw a bird flying past. I waited to see if I could tell what it was, and when it landed, realized it was a hawk. I ran back to my room, grabbed my camera, and aimed through my window (I knew he wouldn't stay if I tried to go outside, and he did fly off when he saw the motion of my curtains). This photo is as good as it gets, lol! Between the window and the distance, I’m surprised I got anything. We don’t often see hawks perch down here, so it was a great sighting!

I believe this is a Cooper’s Hawk. However, if it’s a Sharp-shinned, please let me know:-) We’ve been hearing him a lot, and seeing him fly around. Way across the field behind us, there’s a house where we’ve been hearing guinea fowl, and this is where he seems to be the most. The oranges are on the other side here. The white on the oranges and leaves is from the spraying. As I’ve mentioned before, oranges get sprayed a lot! Anyways, I hope he sticks around a while, although the people with the guinea might feel differently… Last year, we had a kestrel hang around for a bit – would love to see him again, too!