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May, 29, 2019 - Juvenile Hawk learns a lesson -not really

I was on the deck listening to and watching the birds, when I spotted something near the top of a tree. This poor little hawk was all alone, no mommy or daddy to guide him in the nuances of landing or balancing in a tree. He dipped and swayed, tilted and tipped, and, as you can see, he didn't just use his feet to cling for dear life, he used his beak.  All the other birds were laughing at him, and certainly had no fear of retribution.  He eventually remembered he could fly, so off he went to find his family. 

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14 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Very funny set of photos.  It is an adult Broad-winged Hawk, in case you were wondering.

Well, I didn't  know  what kind it was, but I assumed it was just learning to land so I figured it was a juvenile. Thanks for the ID  🙂

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10 hours ago, Laura said:

Well, I didn't  know  what kind it was, but I assumed it was just learning to land so I figured it was a juvenile. Thanks for the ID  🙂

It looks like it's gathering nesting material. It was probably trying to maintain it's balance while trying to snap twigs off the branch.

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9 minutes ago, lonestranger said:

It looks like it's gathering nesting material. It was probably trying to maintain it's balance while trying to snap twigs off the branch.

Well, that makes sense but I kind of like my theory even though it was wrong. It just looked so comical.  I will say that I'm glad I was at the right place at the right time to see that. The odds of seeing  hawks  gathering nesting material are probably slim, but to have it happen in my yard - way cool!

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Royal Terns especially during mating/nesting season are quite the clowns! The tern with the fish landed by the other two terns, strutted it's stuff showing off it's catch, flew off, made a circle and landed again, strutted around some more and flew off again. Hopefully, to eat it's fish. The other two turns had a noisy conference while strutting around with their wings held like you see in the photo. So far in my experience Royal Terns take the prize in the tern world for being the biggest clowns. Their "conferences" can have as many as a dozen bird noisily strutting their stuff and showing off their physique and their catch. Who needs TV when you can pull up a beach chair and watch Royal Terns.

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1 minute ago, xpoetmarcr said:

Do you mean the 'other' things you see while birding?  And, is that a dog or a wolf?? :classic_blink:

Coyote, and I thought there was a stuff on appropriate signs but that may have been only for birds

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