Location, Location, Location
My feeder brings all the birds to the yard.. .
Brids to the yard..
Kinda reminds me of a song about milkshakes <,<
Its a little tricky getting a image so far because it will fly into the Apple tree's folage and then swoop down and feed then back up into the Apple tree
Didn't have a chance in hell of getting my camera up and foucused in time =(
The one pictured above was the one that did the low pass over me being chased by tweety birds lol
As you can see it's missing a feather out of it's wing and one out of it's tail
By the size and markings these look to be Northern Goshawks some of the biggest baddest Hawks around here
Here is what https://birdfeederhub.com/hawks-in-california/ has to say about them.
Length: 20.9-25.2 in
Weight: 22.3-48.1 oz
Wingspan: 40.5-46.1 in
While some year-round populations of Northern Goshawks are found in the northern region of California, for most of the state only non-breeding hawks are found during the winter, and these birds are only scarce in number. To make locating them even more difficult, Northern Goshawks are secretive in nature and live to stay inside dense, usually coniferous, forests.
Here, they use stealth and high vantage points to ambush prey — mostly medium-sized birds like crows and small mammals. They’re such successful predators, even Attila the Hun had a depiction of a Northern Goshawk on his helmet.
Northern Goshawks are the largest accipiter hawks. They have bulky bodies, long, broad wings for an accipiter, and long tails. Their heads are a dark gay and they have a white stripes that run over their red-orange eyes, giving them the look of having eyebrows. The rest of their plumage is gray above and pale below, with lots of fine, dark gray barring.
I finally got then both in the same frame =)
These two were way far out there so I wasn't able to get a good close up image, I just sprayed n prayed on burst mode and hoped I had something clear enough to blow up a bit.
Then something new flew in....
This is a Starling Jay( Edit - Ooops this is a Steller Jay). I rarly see these birds anymore but they used to be thick here when I was a kid.
This one was with her baby who landed one the ground beyond the corner of the house and when I moved to image it they both took off.
I hope they come back.
After the 4 kids cleared off Mom came in for a bite to eat...
Looks like Mom got wore the @#$% out this year O.o She looks tired and it looks like the 4 hungry kids have torn all the feathers out of her neck area trying to get the food.
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