Challenging the residents

Feb 6, 2015

Brrr…. cold 15 degree morning.  Nothing on the Capitol, but around lunch time…

I wasn’t sure who this was, but I had a hunch.  Just when I thought the Visitor had left the area, here he was again.

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Something on the ground caught his attention…Feb06 (3 of 21)


Feb06 (4 of 21)He felt comfy… preening… Check those tail feathers. Definitely not one of the adult RT’s
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Pffftt… hair ball….

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The visitor took off and circled the Capitol a few times

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It was hard to track this RT as he was directly overhead.

Feb06 (12 of 21)Something else caught his attention… something in the distance…

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Although I couldn’t confirm that the RT on top of the PNC spire was one of the residents, it most likely was one of them.

The Visitor circled a few times on the other hawk… more like challenging it.

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Finally, the other hawk took off.  I wasn’t able to track them… but…

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One of them flew back to the Capitol.  It was the Visitor.

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As what Han Solo would say ” I have a bad feeling about this”.

I hope Mama and Papa have not given up on the Capitol.  The nest was again, unrenovated.




I was curious and wanted to find out if the RT on the spire was in fact, an adult.  Thanks to photoshop, I got my answer.

Here’s the image with the luminance, saturation and exposure adjusted.

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yes, it’s an adult RT being circled by a juvi!


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