My husband and I were finishing our hike early this morning when we heard a Hawk call. I often reply as the Red-Tailed Hawk as is the only call I have mastered to a small degree. In this case it turned out to be a Blue Jay pinging the avian network to see if there was a Hawk in the area. A nice trick to make sure the Forest is clear for small bird flight. Why Blue Jays imitate Hawks
At the bottom of the hill a fellow hiker was staring up into a Tree. We slowed down to avoid scaring whatever she was viewing. There was a large nest up in the pine with an equally large bird rustling around. There was a debate as to Owl or Hawk until I got a look through my lens.
Yes, it was irresistible and I tried out my Hawk call skills. After a couple of tries it hopped onto the branch above the nest. Scanned the sky then began grooming. Another call and it look right at me with a direct but curious stare. After an extended 15 plus minutes photo shoot we left for home. These are my first close-up Hawk photos…