Pretty brown hawk

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Broad-winged hawk in an oak tree across the street.

It was being noisily mobbed by robins and catbirds, with a few alarm calls from chickadees thrown in for good measure. I would not have noticed this nicely camouflaged bird otherwise. The visitor didn’t stay long.

RBG in July

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Perched atop a swamp maple at the edge of our pond, the male Red-winged blackbird keeps an eye out.

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Piercing call sounds territorial.

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A handsome defender. But when the seasons change he will move on.

I haven’t posted much lately because I’ve been busy yard-saling, craigslisting, cleaning and painting to get ready to put our house on the market in less than two weeks. Stay tuned.