Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk Day: So yesterday we are out on our usual drive looking for hawks, birds and butterflies in Sidney areas.
All of a sudden Ron calls out "look at that, what is that on the post up there?" So I think to myself that looks like a juvenile Red-tailed hawk and I am ready to jump right out of the truck with the camera really fast. I get really really excited!
In the back of my mind I thought it could possibly be the Spunky Hawk from the Sidney nest that grew up with the eagles! Perhaps we have finally found him!
I jumped out of the truck, trusty camera in hand, and proceeded to see how close I could get to this one. It was backlit at first so I could not see it well. I had to figure out how to get to the other side of it for the camera to work with that light but there was a huge ditch on one side I could not go in there. So I had to do some analyzing of the situation. If I go right in front of him he will fly, and there is the ditch and then there is the farm field that I can't get on.
The little hawk was very co-operative it turned out. He liked cars, people on bikes and tractors very much! So in the end I was able to get to the other side of him for the light. He was very tame. He liked me very much also! He allowed me to spend a lot of time with him up close. I will never know if it was the Spunky hawk of Sidney or not.
We were about five miles as a hawk can fly from the nest in Sidney. But I know of two other mature Red-tailed hawks that possibly have nests right in that area. So this hawk is probably one of their babies. Upon looking at the photos at home this hawk has a darker head and the brown colors on the feather tips are different from the Spunky Sidney hawk but it has been six or seven weeks since I have seen the young Sidney hawk. Perhaps he changed. This hawk has tear drop feather tips and Spunky had heart shaped brown feather tips and Spunky was more white.
In any case it was a joyful event for me to find a new friendly juvenile hawk! We stayed a long time and then left for two hours to look at other stuff and when we drove back he was still there. So out I went again! This time he let me get so close that I just talked to him and told him about Spunky the hawk! Then he casually flew down beside me and picked up a mouse in the grasses and ate it! I am not joking. I will put video number one in now and the other videos will go in later when I have time to do all the processing.
I told Ron that I had talked to the new hawk and told the new hawk all about Spunky and how much I loved him and Ron said "Oh no don't tell me that stuff!!!" Hah Hah!!! I am so goofy.
Many hawks are migratory and new hawks are moving in and out of the areas now so hopefully I will be seeing a lot more hawks. Let me know what you think, is this hawk the Spunky hawk of Sidney or Not??
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