This fellow is the most common hawk in my area. I’ve taken this picture today, one-half mile from my home in Buckeye, AZ.
The weather is dark and gloomy . . . been raining all day. I’m pretty sure the prey is all hiding, and that this guy is depressed and hungry. Perhaps the hunting will be better tomorrow.
Recently, I wanted to get out into the Arizona desert to see different kinds of animals. I considered joining a hiking club. When I accompanied them on a wilderness hike, I stopped to identify “that plant” and later, “those birds.” After awhile, the group waived a polite goodbye, “Can’t wait! See ya down at the trail’s end.”
Fortunately, I’ve found two groups that share similar ideals and tendencies to stop and smell the roses.
Arizona Field Ornithologists (birding)
Sonoran Audubon Society
Now, I’m learning the bird species in my area. I can’t wait to share the picture of my Red-Tailed friend.