Thursday, June 23, 2016
The Newest Member Of The Family
The immature Red-Shouldered Hawk finally visited my yard. I have seen it flying with it's parents several times but it hadn't perched in my yard till today. I believe it's a male and fledged about three weeks ago. He was holding up one of his legs in this shot.
He was rudely greeted by the songbirds in my yard. A group of American Goldfinches, House Finches, Blue Jays, Tufted Titmice, White-breasted Nuthatches took turns mobbing the youngster. Then the Grey Squirrels joined in. He had to switch perches a few times to avoid the group. In the above picture, he was trying to get a better view on one of the birds harassing him.
It looks small so I think it's male though it's hard to say for sure unless I see it with one of the adults.
Here is an older shot of the proud parents. Happy Birding and enjoy the new fledglings in your area!