Redtail Hawk

Critters

One day this red tail hawk appeared, we think it was a juvenile and perhaps slightly injured because it stuck around for two days hopping around the yard and eating grasshoppers and whatever else it could catch. We called it Big Bird and since then whenever we’ve seen one flying around we also call them Big Bird. The first picture is near the bird bath by the North Garden. It was not ever afraid of us, but it did keep some distance. I happened to be up on the roof trying to patch some leaks and so I had chances to take pictures for two days. Most of them weren’t all that good because of the distance, but a few turned out ok.


Hunting grasshoppers in the North Garden.

Red Tail Hunting - Sep 16 2013 (742K) hawk


Perching so pretty!

Red Tail Perch - Sep 17 2013 (553K) hawk


We’ve had bluebirds come around in flocks and also just singular ones like this one. It is really fun to watch them try to capture and eat some of the larger grasshoppers in the mid-to-late summer.

Bluebird - Sep 15 2013 (1115K) bluebird


How many deer can you count? They help trim our trees and shrubs for us some winter months. If you ever see a strangely trimmed tree or shrub in any of these pictures they are the most likely reason why.

Deer - Mar 26 2014 (1006K) deer


A common snake around here called a Brown Snake aka Storeria dekayi. They are pretty feisty for their size - I’ve picked up a tiny one and it was so cute as it bounced off my hand trying to bite it.

Brown Snake - Jun 10 2010 (1208K) snakes


Another common snake around here the Garter Snake.

Garter Snake - Jun 27 2014 (1122K) snakes


Turkey Buzzards soaring.

Buzzards - Aug 23 2017 (1099K) buzzards