It’s Been a Long Time…

now i’m, coming back home…

I haven’t posted for a while and it’s not due to the government shutdown 🙂 Weather here in Raleigh has really been dismal for the past 2 weeks.  The sun has been going AWOL. But today, we got a little bit of a break.

With the sun just peeking over the horizon but still with plenty of clouds, I saw a familiar image in the skies….

Flap, flap, flap… glide… flap, flap, flap… glide – the signature flight pattern of a hawk.

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Who was it?  None other than Raleigh’s Red-tail Hawks.  Yes, hawks as there were two of them.

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They circled briefly over the Capitol area skies and when the Red-tails are in town, the other birds scatter.

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At first I thought it was Mama and Papa, but a more careful look at one of them revealed… a juvenile!  If I were to take a guess, this would be Eden.

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Eden flew further down south towards Moore Square while Papa circled and landed on a cell antenna.Oct18 (7 of 12)

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As I looked around, I saw another familiar sight.

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Another hawk.  She took off and flew past the Wells Fargo building.  It was Mama.

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There’s my better half- time to go. See y’all!

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The trend seems to be holding. One juvenile has stayed behind.

We’ll see in the next few months if Eden stays or leaves before the next breeding season.

Ciao!

JP

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2 thoughts on “It’s Been a Long Time…

  1. I counted ~10 raptors just now. Are there other kinds in downtown Raleigh apart from red-tailed hawks?

    Sorry, very new to the raptor watching.

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