Red-Tailed Hawks

3 Dec

When I was walking in the pasture Sunday, my attention was captured by the call of a hawk.  It didn’t take me long to spot the red-tailed hawk in the tree.


It took off, which is not surprising because they are notorious for not letting people get close (and it really  made me miss my camera).


I watched it sail through the sky, expecting it to take off out of sight.

hawk flying collage

Instead, it circled back and joined its friend sitting on the light pole.

hawk on pole

They were both on poles for a minute, and then one took off, calling to the other.


The second one sat on the pole for a minute.


Then it took off too.


They both met in the tree.  Finally, they took off one at a time.


It was really such a treat to see them circling the Back Forty and not seeming to mind my presence back there.  Of course, I had to look up the messages of hawks.  Considering the way I feel about my Back Forty, I’d say this was pretty amazing.

Sharing with Wild Bird Wednesday and Wordless Wednesday at Create With Joy.


32 Responses to “Red-Tailed Hawks”

  1. TexWisGirl December 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    i always love to see them – unless we have ducklings on the pond. 🙂

    • Teresa December 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

      Luckily we don’t have little kids right now and my small birds are penned. It’s hard for the geese to raise little ones, and I’d guess the hawks play a part in that.

  2. HansHB December 3, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    Great post for WBW!

  3. Mick December 3, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Great photo captures of some interesting action between the two birds.

    • Teresa December 3, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

      It really was amazing to watch the pair.

  4. Gunilla Bäck December 3, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    How wonderful to see these beautiful birds.

    • Teresa December 3, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

      They really did put on a show for me.

  5. Alica December 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    We suspect red-tailed hawks of attacking several of our kitties. There are tons of them around here, almost to the point of being a nuisance. They are pretty, though!

    • Teresa December 3, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

      Luckily, I don’t have much that they can bother. There are enough buildings and trees they would have a hard time getting anything in my yard or barnyard. They can be a problem though.

  6. S. J. Qualls December 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    Nice flight shots. When do you expect your camera back? (Soon, I hope)

    • Teresa December 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

      I’m sure sending it in the week of Thanksgiving slowed it down. Hopefully, it will be back next week, but it will depend on their volume of work.

  7. eileen December 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Cool sighting and fun to watch the two hawks. Great series, have a happy week!

    • Teresa December 3, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

      Thanks, Eileen. Hope you have a great week, too.

  8. Karen, Pixel Posts December 3, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    What a neat encounter to watch!

    • Teresa December 3, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

      It really was. They were so noisy, too!

  9. Pat December 3, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    Cool series. We have to go out into the country a bit to see the Red-tailed Hawks. They are magnificent to see.

    • Teresa December 3, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

      They are. Their call will certainly capture your attention.

  10. Mary Ann December 3, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    What an amazing site you directed us too, thanks so much! I have seen hawks around here for the last three weeks… and crows, many, many crows. Now we are seeing geese too, feeding in the bean fields. Winter is coming fast here, too.

    • Teresa December 3, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

      I’m afraid winter is hitting with all her force tomorrow. We’re suppose to be really cold by Friday. Stay warm!

  11. wallacejones December 3, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your hawks and the cool link to spirit animals!

    I encountered a Red-tailed Hawk unexpectedly at a seldom used ball field the other day in a very suburban setting. I backed out quickly so he wasn’t disturbed. Just seeing one of these magnificent raptors is a true gift from Nature.

    • Teresa December 4, 2013 at 6:41 am #

      I have seen them more frequently in the last few months, so I wonder if this pair has taken up residence somewhere out there.

  12. EG CameraGirl December 4, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    Hawks are fun to watch. I wonder what they were looking for.

    • Teresa December 4, 2013 at 10:52 am #

      I don’t know. They were very noisy though.

  13. Rhondi December 4, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    We have the same hawk around our woods. One day it landed on a tree just outside my living room window. He perched there for quite awhile and I was able to get a great close up view.
    Thanks for leaving a comment on my post today. I know what you mean about cats!

    • Teresa December 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by. I would love to be able to get a better shot. Maybe when my camera comes home from being cleaned.

  14. Kristine December 4, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    Beautiful shots!

    Happy Wordless Wednesday! My entry is here.

    • Teresa December 5, 2013 at 7:46 am #

      Thanks. It really is beautiful back there in my pasture.

  15. Rebecca December 4, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

    Beautiful shots! very artistic! ^_^

    Have a fantastic week!

    WW is up here

    • Teresa December 4, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

      Thank you, Rebecca.

  16. margaret December 5, 2013 at 3:37 am #

    Hi. Always great to see these birds. Great captures.

    • Teresa December 5, 2013 at 7:45 am #

      Thanks. I am really looking forward to my camera coming back so I can do a better job of capturing them.

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