I want to say Thank You for all the wonderful responses to my 2 new eBooks and to the interview with Frank Stachio on The State of Things. During the eagle lecture at the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area on Saturday there were all kinds of good questions and the sharing of each other’s interactions with eagles.  All of you helped make last week full of blessings and gratitude!

Lady Lake cruised past me, elegant and sure of herself.  
I didn’t see Heritage her mate but I am sure he was close by.

This bright American goldfinch was way at the top of a tree. Usually I see them in the tall grasses.

American crows, caught in the right light, are iridescent. This one had a bite of fish for his fledgling.

The male ospreys are working hard to feed their chicks.

Nests always need repair. Ospreys tend to like branches all twisted and with lots of forks.

The red-tailed hawk rolled over and presented its talons to the pestering crow.
As the crow ducked under the upside down hawk, the hawk rolled back upright.
Suddenly the crow was the one being chased.

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The gangster crows easily found this immature red-tailed hawk this morning.
I believe this may be a migrating hawk.
He didn’t seem to know the area and didn’t know how to evade the black menaces.
I saw several hawks today: red-tails, red-shoulders, and I believe a broad-winged hawk too.
The changing weather patterns up the northeast are driving the migratory birds south, early this year.red-taileded hawk crow

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the immature red-tailed hawk crossed the line into the nesting territory of the American crow
the defense was immediate and intense; sometimes the crow was chasing, sometimes the hawk would chase
they both crossed the river and were still tangling when I lost sight of them

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The red-shouldered hawk’s face says it all: oh, drat, those pesky crows have found me.
Within seconds there were 5 more crows loudly telling the neighborhood they had found an intruder.