Thursday, October 28, 2010

Where 'Owl' Be ... Hoot n' Holler

Sycamore Pumpkin Festival
At the High school
555 Spartan trail Sycamore, IL 60178

Saturday October 30, 2010
from 9.a.m to 6p.m.
Sunday October 31, 2010
from 9a.m. to 4p.m.

New cards featured this show:

Waterfall ducks from my visit to the Batavia Riverwalk on the Fox River this summer.

Snowy Owl from last winter's visit to
Howell Nature Center in Michigan.

Great Horned Owl giggles from this October's visit to the Howell Nature Center.

American Bald Eagle from October's visit to the Howell Nature Center.

A little Mourning 'Lovey' Dove moment from one of April's Wordless Wednesday posts.

Red Screech Owl from last winter's visit to the Howell Nature Center.

Barred Owl beauty captured during this October visit to the Howell Nature Center.

Check out other on line choices any time.

 If you are in the area, please do stop by for a visit. I would love to see you. 

Sycamore High School 
Spartan Trail.

Wishing you a Nature-ally Beautiful and Happy H'owl'een!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wings On Wednesday

The Enchanted Forest
Kensington Metropark
Milford, Michigan

Until we meet again.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hawk Happenings At The Hedge

Late Autumn Visit
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary

Chicago, Illinois

"Shhh, listen. It's too quite. Where are all the birds?"
Our conversation just before .... a gasp and this enthusiastic whisper.
'There is a hawk in that tree!'
The hawk had it's kill in it's claw and hardly paid attention to us.
We stood breathless, watching.

It was hard to tell what it was eating.
Our guess ... a mouse meal.

Oops, most of the mouse fell to the ground.

With in seconds the young hawk followed to retrieve.
We believe this hawk to be an immature Coopers Hawk.
Positive ID comments welcome, and appreciated.

During our visit we came across several hawks.
Every time we thought, 'Hmm... it's quiet' ... there was another hawk.
The second sighting was in this beautiful tree.

This hawk also appears to be young.
It's tail is shorter. It has a white throat and chest.
My guess is juvenile Broadwinged Hawk.
Apparently they hang out in groups during migration at perspective lookouts.
Magic Hedge may be a migration lookout in their path.

I'm not sure why, but we were not considered a threat to this hawk.
We were allowed to quietly stand very close to this tree to watch and photograph.
The hawk shared a variety of expressions and personality.
Here it is watching a Thrush, possibly Wood.

One of the many brave birds that bounced, skipped and fluttered
throughout the tree with the hawk in it. The Thrush is watching
the hawk as the hawk watches it.

Toe tapping patience.

Claw flaunting ... the better to catch you with my pretty.

A few choice tweets for the hawk.

Guesses for the Thrush are Wood, Hermit, and Swainson's.

Last but not least ... believed to be another Coopers Hawk.

It was an exciting day at Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary.
We were blessed with tolerance, patience and beauty during our visit.

I find identification difficult in both the Hawk and Thrush families.
I would appreciate any thoughts, tips or ID's.