Field Log 3/21/2010

North Erath County, Texas, 32.43 lat., -98.36 long. Elev. 1,086 ft.  Turkey Creek Quad.

Prepared one acre of pasture for seeding native grasses, 3/19/2010.

Received shipment of native grass and wildflower seed, 3/17/2010

Scattered deer corn in The Grove.  Note:  find article on supplements to corn, move low steel feeding trays to The Grove.

Definite typing of hawk.

Harris' Hawk (Parabuleo unicinctus) Peterson's Field Guide

Harris' Hawk (Parabuleo unicinctus) Peterson's Field Guide

Field surprise (always).  As I sat listening to the wind in The Grove, the hawk flew within fifty (50) yards of me, displaying flashy white rump and white band on the tail. White banding very conspicuous. Black and chestnut colors on thighs and shoulders. He flew extremely fast back and forth three times in front of me, then angled over to the pond. Fast. Peterson writes that the Harris’ Hawk resides in c.-w. Texas south into Mexico. Habitat is river woodlands, mesquite, brush. Nesting of sticks in yucca, mesquite, low tree. I have been looking higher for a nest. Must look lower. One hawk.

Take photo of Harris’ Hawk in field.

Cleaned out stalls, hay bins.

Addendum, 3/22/2010, here is my 1969, Peterson, A Field Guide to Western Birds, and the plate with identification factors.  It’s well-used and a treasure of mine.

Plate 15, Peterson, A Field Guide to Western Birds, 2nd ed., 1969 (click to enlarge)

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2 responses to “Field Log 3/21/2010

  1. I Love Peterson’s guides. Thanks for including images of the hawk. They are such amazing birds. And, thank you, Jack, for the call back to writing. Very much appreciated.

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