See correction on hawk below here: Red-tailed Hawk
I'd continue along the way and could hear the Broad-winged Hawks again and realized they took a turn near blackbird central. It's an area at Broad Meadow Brook that's very birdy and this time of the year the various blackbirds seem to be the most common. Not good for the hawks I'd think as I've seen blackbirds in action and they have no problem mobbing anything they deem a threat.
must be rough being a hawk. No such thing as an easy meal and are subject to scorn and mobbing by passerines (especially the buteos which is ironic considering small mammals and other tiny non avian creatures are their preferred meals). I think its because birds are too scared of accipiters to try those tactics on them as they know one felt swoop from a Cooper's would be the end of them. Whatever it is, it's always interesting to observe, but can't help but to feel bad for the subject being mobbed.
After a while the hawks would be gone so I went about my business my brisk walk and was able to get about a mile without stopping
I'd make it to the Power Lines and see the usual Eastern Bluebirds hanging out on the wires.
Including some recently fledged.
A family of Indigo Buntings would be out as well which is always nice to see.
I'd make my way toward the Cardinal Trail when I'd hear a bird nearby
And that something would be a cardinal of course!! It would be making a very weird note I'd never heard before and realized it was a contact call of some sort. After searching I'd see who he was trying to make contact with.
And it would be this very recently fledged Northern Cardinal. Seriously, for such gorgeous birds (both male and female), they sure do have some bizarre looking fledglings at first. Oh well, in another week it will be beautiful.
I'd get closer to the brook and sure enough a Song Sparrow would be out in full view in an area I love in winter due to the sparrow activity which is most welcoming in January when birds aren't so easy to see.
I'd finally get over to the brook and see a female Mallard with one ducking.
She'd decide to take off down the brook and would realize there were others but they'd be hidden. In fact, I wouldn't even see them until I looked at the first picture blown up on my computer monitor.
The Red-winged Blackbirds would be out as usual including the male above who looks as if he's wearing a skirt! (must be Scottish)
And the female of course would be nearby and decided to pose nicely for the camera while admiring those shapely legs on her mate.
Besides the Broad-winged Hawks, my highlight of the day would be seeing the Tree Swallow above who appears to be nesting. After reading the depressing posts on Massbird about all of the dead nestlings these birds have had with the wet weather, it was nice to see them attempting it again, and hope for better success this time.
I'd end the day with 6 miles on foot including some hills which was nice as hills are my favorite thing to hike and Broad Meadow Brooks Power Line trail has many of those and that's why it remains one of my favorite places to go nearby.
I'd head home after that and chill in the yard and then do a Target run and bring my bins and camera to do some light birding before hand. Nothing out of the ordinary and would see 9 Turkey Vultures with no Black unfortunately. I would get this Killdeer doing a flyby though.
These Killdeer are regulars at the mall and don't seem to mind the traffic, trash or anything else as you can see.
I'd head home after that hungry for dinner which would be Chicken Curry over white rice and a Smuttynose IPA. I realize giving up beer is as unrealistic for me as giving up chocolate but decided to limit myself to 1 or two a night on weeekends only and since it's Sunday it's still the weekend I took full advantage of it.
The two went perfectly together, although I don't know much that doesn't go well with a ice cold Smuttynose, especially in the summer!
Take care all.