Bird Nerd

The hawk is aerial brother of the wave which he sails over and surveys, those his perfect air-inflated wings answering to the elemental unfledged pinions of the sea. Henry David Thoreau

After a few grey days, the skies cleared and sunshine returned. Birds are everywhere! I awake each morning to the beautiful sound of birds perched on my neighbors backyard trees beside my bedroom window. Yesterday, I witnessed a bird nerd’s dream.
As I stepped out my front door, I could hear birds all around the neighborhood. It was louder than usual. I got my binoculars and was spotting mockingbirds, doves. and sparrows. Then, it went silent. They were gone. Suddenly, a hawk was diving through the sky high above our street, as if the street was an airport runway. It started to glide back up and circle above the houses. It was a beautiful sight to see this creature maneuver the winds as it flew around the area. Then it landed on the tree located on the front lawn of my neighbor across the street. As soon as it perched, the hawk began to call out. There is a berm and a railroad track behind the line of houses in front of mine. From over the berm, I could hear a hawk responding to the hawk on the tree branch. This second hawk soon appeared and circled around a few times before landing on the same tree branch as the hawk that had called him. By this time, I could barely contain my excitement. The second hawk scooted right next to the other and they remained together for about five minutes, before it took off again towards the berm. The original hawk stayed perched for another few minutes then it also headed toward the berm. I was able to get a photo of the first hawk by itself, and one with the two hawks together. I didn’t think of taking a video of them flying because I was just too excited watching them. I sort of had an idea as to what type of hawks these were, but I referred to my Birds of Texas Field Guide, by Stan Tekiela. I also sent photos to my friend, who is a master naturalist and who has taken courses on identifying birds. She also thinks these were red tailed hawks.
I just wanted to share this experience in hopes that it could make you smile.

16 thoughts on “Bird Nerd

  1. ” I didn’t think of taking a video of them flying because I was just too excited watching them.”
    Honestly, aren’t you glad you were **part** of the action and focused on the now of it rather than fumbling trying to document the action?
    Thanks for the ‘smile’…

  2. I am smiling. I can imagine you and your intense involvement with the birds. My husband also loves hawks and can become lost in watching them. They are quite common around here and I’ve learned to recognize them in general but he knows different types. They are magnificent creatures.

    1. They certainly are. I was out looking for them today, but , alas, they are gone. I’m sure they must be hanging closer to the berm. When I first started bird watching, I would whoop and holler, much to the dismay of other bird watchers. I have since learned to contain myself…sort of. 😁

  3. How exciting! I wonder what what they were talking about perched up there together? Hmmm, maybe you’ll spot baby hawks soon?
    We’ve seen baby hawks “practicing” hunting by picking up sticks!

  4. I can really understand how excited you were to see these birds close by. We really enjoy watching and listening to the birds in our neighbourhood. We regularly have Red Kites swooping around just above the roof tops (I’m in the south of the UK). The local crows and gulls spend a lot of time mobbing the much larger kites and trying to chase them away. It’s quite a spectacle!

  5. Hmmm…I have been seeing hawks, too, but find them nearly impossible to identify from books alone. I’m hoping for some friends to go birding with one of these days when we can start getting together again.

    1. Birding is tops on our Post-Pandemic-to-do List. I have a difficult time identifying birds. I have a great book specific to birds in Texas that I use as my first reference. It is a good place to start by narrowing the possibilities. Then, I discuss it with my friend who really knows birds. She goes by beaks, tails, size, then color. I was lucky enough to get a good enough photo. I’ve tried apps, but have not found them useful. I probably just don’t know how to use the apps.

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