A baby hawk

I found this immature red-shouldered hawk on top of a picnic shelter at Chesnut Park. The park is heavily populated with hawks, both red-shouldered and Cooper’s. He was really focused on something.

Close by, I heard something peeping high up in  tree and saw this fuzzball sticking his head up. A baby hawk. A tiny one.

The parent was one tree over, keeping an eye on the baby. I sat on ground for a while hoping the other parent would show up with something yummy to feed the baby but after a half hour I was hungry so I left to go home for lunch. I’m sure by now the park is full of young hawks flying around.

High up in the trees

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A barred owl right over the trail. He looks so curious. He’s thinking “What is that constant clicking noise down there?”

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A few branches over was a baby.

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A few steps down the trail, a red shoulder hawk was up in the trees.

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An almost grown baby hawk was a few branches away.

There are lots of babies growing up at Circle B Bar Reserve. Several barred owl and hawk families were along the trail in early May. Everybody was growing up fast.

Same old birds at Circle B Bar Reserve

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The osprey was yelling at the vultures on the left to get a room!

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Lazy moorhens.

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A hybrid muscovy duck of some sort was following me along the Marsh Rabbit Run trail. He must have been lost. I’ve never seen a muscovy duck in this park. He came pretty close. He didn’t seem hurt so I kept on walking.

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Typical female anhinga pose.

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Purple gallinule showing off his big yellow feet.

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Green heron looking at something in the marsh.

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Juvenile blue heron just starting to get his blue feathers.

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Baby hawk yelling for his mom to bring food. The other sibling was already gone. This one was probably days away from flying the coop.

Short video of the screaming baby hawk. This is why it’s easy to find them when you are walking down the trail.

Nothing unusual to see on my walk at Circle B Bar Reserve back in late May. All of the winter birds and ducks were gone with the exception of a small flock of white pelicans still hanging out across the lake. Most of the spring migration birds were gone. Babies were growing up fast. Even though things were slowing down, there’s still a lot to see. It was right before the summer heat set in.  Now it’s just a million degrees and a thousand percent humidity so I’ll be heading to the beach more for that summer breeze.

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Purple gallinules mating and a few other things

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Are these eagles ever gonna go back up north? I still see them hanging around. Maybe they stay here all year round.

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Limpkin flying in with a snack.

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An adult limpkin on the left with a juvenile. Looks like she’s going to feed him.

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My only glimpse of the baby red shoulder hawk. I got this when I first got to the nest. After a few seconds, he laid down on the nest and took a nap. There are two babies on the nest but I could only see one. We waiting around for a while for them to wake back up. I finally got hungry and left.

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A purple gallinule on the trail!  She was stretching out. All of a sudden she hunched over and just stayed there. I kept thinking “What is she doing?”

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All of a sudden another one walks up and climbs on top of her. I didn’t even see him hiding in the reeds.

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I guess we’ll have baby gallinules soon.

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Seconds later he climbed off and walked away. I hope she at least got a stick. Spoonbills bring their mates a stick after they mate to start the nest.

An early morning Saturday hike around Circle B Bar Reserve. I was hoping to see the bobolinks, fulvous whistling ducks and baby turkeys while I was there. No luck on the last two but I did see 100’s of bobolinks fly by quickly in a flash across the trail.

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