|Red-tailed Hawk on 390 South (December 27, 2009)|
While driving around my larger community on the expressway, there are very often all types of birds relaxing on light posts or phone lines. My awareness of the Red-tailed Hawk (pictured above) is due in large part to my stepson's fascination with them when he was younger. Despite the fact that Red- tailed hawks are the most common bird in North America, there is something "cool" about them. We would often keep our eyes out for them driving to the supermarket or mall, and were rarely disappointed at not seeing at least one.
|Rock Pigeons by Cobbs Hill (December 27, 2009).|
Community birds provide something of a constant. Thes epictues were both taken almost four years ago, and were I to drive down the road as I'm writing this, chances are great that one would see very similar birds in the same locations I took these. As exciting as seeing the rarer (and more colorful) Downy Woodpecker in my backyard might be, there is something reassuring about counting on seeing a Red-Tailed Hawk or Rock Pigeon on my commute to work each day.
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