Welcome warm weather had me out this afternoon to check out my priority block
for evidence of both butterflies and birds. The rasping call of a red-tailed
hawk drew my attention skywards to two birds circling above the ridge. One
was exhibiting the unusual behavior of dangling its two legs groundwork as if
it were carrying prey, but not so. Together they began a long glide down below
the skyline and against the distant ridge, lower and lower until I lost them
behind some offending trees. Having changed my perspective, I again scanned
the hillside and was excited to see a dark concentration in a large tree and in
line of their observed flight. Out with the scope and with 60X magnification
I was able to see one redtail on nest, clear enough to catch sight of an eye
while it raised its head above the rim!
To state the obvious, this is a good time to check for nesting raptors before
the woods leaf out.
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