Trying to Stay Warm
Until recently, it hasn't felt much like winter here in the Capital Region of New York. We finally got our first major storm of the season last week. All was quiet after the storm with the Red-shouldered Hawk pair in our backyard for about a week. Then the activity picked up over the last few days. Especially, the female has been spending a lot of time in our backyard. The above picture is of her perched high up in a tree in the sun. She is puffed up to help keep warm and it makes her look much larger.
Here is her from Monday morning. She is doing some preening on the feathers on her back. It's still awhile before they will start the nesting season but typically they start showing up more and more in February and March. Maybe to reassert their territory or it might just be that they like to perch in the sun in the tall trees to stay warm. Whatever it is, it is great to see these beautiful hawks more and more over the next few months.