Hey Holly, remember I posted over at RR last about that magnificent bird in my yard, the Kriders Red Tailed Hawk? I just saw him a few minutes ago, he's still around! Made my day!!
For those of you around here who didn't hear this story, this is the bird
The first time I saw him, he was way up in a tall tree right out back, and try as I might I couldn't get a good look at him, all I saw was a big white bird. These guys are high elevation specialists, so you don't spot them often. Then one day, he turned up in another tree just off the back porch and peered down at me. The one I see is pure white underneath, and his head is pure white. His beak is short and sharply hooked, and he's a little bigger than a (live) chicken, absolutely magnificent! I saw him flying just a few minutes ago, and the topside is brown mottled, classic Kriders coloring, but underneath, this bird is absolutely pure white. He's just gorgeous! The white coloring underneath makes him hard to spot against the sky, making him the terror of local squirrels and when they had young this summer, the end, very nearly the end, of the nuisance Tyrant Flycatchers (who might have gotten themselves labeled "happy meals for Kriders chicks"... The person who said that might have gotten a dirty look from a couple of local teens... ) Its really amazing to still be able to spot such wildlife thriving these days.