Several months ago we noticed a large nest high in a neighborhood tree with a red-shouldered hawk pair tending it. Over the following weeks they paid close attention to it and eventually small hawks were spotted as a parent landed with food. Now they have left the nest, but their piercing cries from time to time remind us that they are still in the area.
A couple of days ago on our morning walk one of the younger hawks rested calmly on the yard light as we passed by cautiously, and I took its photo without disturbing it. The next day this feather was found on the ground nearby. Whether it was from this hawk or from its sibling or parents matters little for they are birds of a feather, and in a small way it made us feel like family.
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