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May 18, 2015

Tucson and the Sonora Desert

Lonestar North is happy to announce important updates to the web pages.  

Photos from the recent Tucson, Arizona trip are now on display alongside the summer trip to the Sedona area.

I am quite proud of the results.  If you have not seen the "Standing On the Rock" video, start there. I think it is one of my best videos ever. There is sound on this video so check your volume levels.

Be sure to stop by the Collection of Arizona Birds page.  There were too many to post but some of the better ones are on display.  We saw 44 life birds including the Vermilion Flycatcher, Greater Roadrunner and the state bird of Arizona, the Cactus Wren.  

One of my favorite photos of the trip.

Saguaro Mike

 One of CF's Sunset Photos

Apr 26, 2015

Red-Shouldered Hawks at the Door - Week Three

Red Shouldered Hawk Hatclings

April 7, 2015 marked our first photographic glimpse of a Red-Shouldered Hawk nesting in the oak tree outside my Lakeland front door.

Although the exact time the triplets cracked shell cannot be determined (hatchlings can be as much as a week apart) we will deem April Fools Day as their joint and appropriate "bird-day".  And yes, now there are three Red-shouldered Hawk chicks in my yard.  Below is a composite of what could beany or all of the three chicks at about three weeks old.

Our hawks have swooped the telephoto lens on a couple of occasions, even bopping me upside the head once.  She has let us know, in no uncertain terms, that we are not welcome near her nest.

Mamma don't allow no paparazzi around here.

I have scoped out a couple vantage points from which to watch at a distance.  I don't want to stress mama out but hey, I live here too.

Hawks can, and do, live everywhere except Antarctica, and this pair picks thirty feet above my front door.  That makes it a tad difficult to avoid her space.

As a predator, hawks will attack from behind.

We know they are up there, glaring down at us but not knowing exactly where they sit, is unnerving.

The grass still needs cutting and the garbage has to go out.  Life goes on.

We have employed warning signs, umbrellas, and eyes in the back of the head have been highly recommended.

The chicks will fledge mid May 15 which is about 45 days.  They may leave the nest but the brood will still need mama and daddy until the end of July.  After that, oh joy, they might decide to hang around until next year and build a nest of their own in the area.

If you want to see higher resolution hawk photos check out 
by Lonestar North

Apr 17, 2015

Red-shouldered Hawk Upside the Head

So I am walking out my front door along my walkway to my car to put some stuff in my trunk and I feel this bop upside the head followed by a whooshing sound. 

Sure enough, mama swooped down from behind and bopped me on the head with her talons.
Not even safe in my own driveway. Arrggg this until end of May???? 

If you want to see higher resolution hawk photos check out 
by Lonestar North