May we all soar in 2016

LoveCaveCreekAZ - May we all soar

May you be happy and well

May you notice the quiet moments and stillness of the desert

May you walk in beauty

Happy New Year!

This year, the harris hawks visited to remind me about the importance of community.  May this community thrive in 2016 and beyond.

Harris hawks are the only ones that hunt together.  Check out our other posts with photos of these highly intelligent teachers:

Jan 30th, 2015 – by Chad: http://lovecavecreekaz.com/wp/harriss-hawks/

Dec 4th, 2012 – by Yolande: http://lovecavecreekaz.com/wp/hawks-at-noon/ 

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Harris’s Hawks!!

Harris’s Hawks are a year long resident of the Sonoran Desert, and one of the most abundant birds of prey in our area! Although they aren’t a rare sighting, they are very interesting birds! You will usually see them in groups of three or four, and these groups consist of one dominant female, two subordinate males that both breed with her, and sometimes one juvenile bird as well. They are one of the only few birds of prey that hunt cooperatively, using strategies similar to wolf packs to capture small birds, mammals, or lizards. Look for their dark body and chestnut colored shoulders on top of light poles, telephone poles, or saguaros!

Often  seen on top of telephone poles
The beautiful Harris’s Hawk!!
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Hawks at noon

Two very quiet hawks sitting at the top of the telephone pole

and a few feet away, at the top of another utility pole, another two.

One of these two was quite noisy.

I reached out to my friend Joy for help in identitying them.  Here’s what she said:

The hawks are Harris Hawks. The two dark ones are the adults the ones with the stippled breasts are the teenagers. These are the only birds of prey in the world  that hunt in cooperative family groups. So if you see two hawks sitting happily next to each other they’re probably  Harris Hawks.

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