Saturday, January 24, 2015

Raptors from Essex County 1/22/2015

Nothing too fancy from a recent mid week trip to Boston's north shore", the Snowy Owls and Rough-legged Hawks encountered during the day were all very distant. However a few species showed nicely.

This young Red-tailed Hawk was near the gatehouse at Parker River NWR, patiently waiting
for a prey item to show....

For both the bird's and birder's sake...its always good to Keep a safe distance.

A Merlin is always a prize during the winter months! Though close we remained in the vehicle and
never spooked this bird.

The juv, Red-shouldered Hawk was using a guy wire to survey a field just outside Salisbury.

Shortly after snapping this picture the Cooper's Hawk dove into a nearby thicket, sparrows shot out like shrapnel, but
the hawk left empty handed.

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