I should never go out without a camera. On one recent walk I spotted a downy woodpecker, not a common bird where we live. I returned with the telephoto but of course, no luck. Perhaps it was just passing through or just feeding in a different part of the woods.
I did spot this handsome Red Shouldered Hawk sitting on a post.
Then I headed to a different area where I had spotted some Ring Necked Ducks, a new one for my Life List. There was one female and four drakes. She will be busy if no other gals show up!
They stayed far away from the shore so I had to zoom in and crop these shots. I like the pattern on their bills.
Heading back to the car I saw another hawk sitting on a post about 15 feet away. A Cooper's Hawk I think but if one of the more experienced birders were to tell me it is a Sharp Shinned I wouldn't argue, they are very similar.
He didn't seem bothered by my presence but took off when a golf cart came by.
See what other birders have to show at World Bird Wednesday, hosted for us by Springman.