There were 16 hawks in the field the other day when we were cutting hay. Two of them had a fight over a little jack rabbit. The jack rabbit lost! I think this is an intermediate juvenile (first year) Red-Tailed Hawk, but I’m not sure. They don’t develop the red tail until they are adult. If you can help identify it I would be most grateful.
Every now and then you get lucky and get a shot like this – a wild turkey gobbler with an impressive beard in front of one of the oldest Madrone trees on the ranch.
At 5 PM, Sunday April 27 our Painted Bunting returned. We have had a family of the birds show up each year for well over ten years. They raise a family during the summer and are off again as winter sets in. We also saw our first Brown Headed Blackbird yesterday afternoon.