The week of January 14 has been quite rainy, foggy and generally dreary. It wasn’t only until last friday that the sun was out shining. I haven’t seen our Red-tailed friends that much, only a few quick glimpses here and there. The nest however, shows signs that more new lumber has been added fairly recently.
On a different front, I went to NC state last Saturday and while eating lunch, I happened to see a few crows in the trees. Hmmm, I wondered if there would be any hawks. There were several trees by the parking lot. I started looking around the bare branches and something caught my eye.
Can you find the raptor in this image?
Something caught my eye as I looked at the bare branches of this tree. It was a juvenile Red-tail (could be a Cooper’s).
I only had my trusty Point & Shoot, but it worked out okay. I had to get to the top deck of the parking deck for a better view. There it stood, oblivious of all the students coming in and out of the engineering building and the cars from the parking deck.
I went into the engineering building and when I came back out, it was no longer on the same tree. I looked around and found it in another tree facing the construction site.
At a softball camp at UNC, I saw a raptor fly over the UNC buildings along South Columbus street. Alas, I was behind the wheel and couldn’t stop to take pictures :(.
These raptors are truly at home here in Raleigh and Chapel Hill for that matter. 🙂