We’ve so been enjoying watching"our" hawk and his mate. (Yes, he has a lady friend!)
The pair soar all day together! And all day we hear them calling to one another, calling, "Keer-ee! Keer-ee!"–Which sounds exactly like our nick-name for little Kieran, "Kierie". We’ve been joking that they are calling for Kieran by name. (I hope it isn’t because they think he’d be a good snack!)
I got a few sharper pictures of him yesterday and this morning.
This picture was taken from about 5 feet below him! He let me get up on the deck–barely under the roof where he perched!
Not as close, but better lighting–From here I could see his golden eyes!
Aww! Don’t go!
(Posted with the Birdman especially in mind. He identified our hawks as imature Swainson’s hawks. It fascinated me to read that these hawks eat primarily insects! If he’s right, our jack rabbit population — and even Kieran–have little to fear. It would also explain why he seems so attracted by our mud puddles!)