Yesterday Patti Haynes and I also went looking for the hawk. We slowly
walked the loop, looking in all the spots we've previously seen it, but with
no luck this day. On our way back to the car, we joked about it being in
the parking lot and being able to see it from my car. So we scanned before
getting in the car. Still no luck. However, a woman was waiting for her
son (Winooski Parks was leading a tracking walk with local Boy Scouts) and
she asked us what we were looking for. We told her a RED SHOULDERED HAWK.
And she casually mentioned seeing a large bird just fly past her car. Sure
enough, there it was, perched close by, visible from my car! I set up my
scope and intercepted lots of boys returning from their walk. I love
watching kids' faces when they look through the scope. It's always obvious
when they lock on to the bird by how their expressions change!
From: Kevin Thorley
Sent: Saturday, February 09, 2013 7:52 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Red-shouldered Hawk at Woodside NA
I went to Woodside Park this afternoon to see if I could find the
red-shouldered hawk. I found it (or, it found me) on the north side of the
loop trail. I saw it fly across the marsh and land in a tree not far away.
I got a few photos (a little better than those of the Merlin!) and posted
them on Flickr:
Also saw a Hairy and Pileated Woodpeckers, along with the usual Chickadees,
Titmice, and White-breasted Nuthatch.
Combined with the Barred Owl I saw at the Rosetti Natural Area this morning
(have seen it 4 out of the last 6 mornings) and the American Tree Sparrow
and Common Redpolls at my feeders, this was a fun day for birds :)
On Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 5:46 PM, Bruce MacPherson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I am not sure whether this hawk is a short distance migrator or a
> permanent resident. In any event I got a close look at a Red-shouldered
> Hawk at the Woodside NA in Essex Junction this afternoon. This area hosts
> nesting Red-shouldered Hawks later in the year. Seems early to see one,
> last year my first sighting of a Red-shouldered Hawk at Woodside was Feb.
> 18 and I think someone else reported one there earlier in February.
> Bruce MacPherson
> South Burlington