Sunday, December 2, 2018

335/365/Happy Free-for-All

While they were working, Diane told Tim about the great black hawk in Deering Park, so on our way out of town we stopped there, thinking we wouldn’t even getting a parking spot, but we did, and even before we turned into the park proper I told Tim I saw something the size of a turkey standing on the ground by a tree, and sure enough there were birders all around it, keeping respectful distance, of course, and we only had to get out and park and set up our scope—on the other side of the bird from the bulk of birders—and we could watch this rarity from Central/South America tear apart his meal of squirrel.


  1. Oh this makes me happy too! Lovely bird.

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    1. Yup. And what a year for squirrels. Between all-you-can-eat and the reported fact that the bird's molting, I think he'll hang out for awhile.

  3. Wow! I'm glad you saw this. We have a calliope hummingbird nearby (within a 45 minute drive) and I cannot be bothered to hop in the car and see it. We have snow buntings even closer and I'm not motivated to see those either.