We walked further today and that was a good decision. The walkway ends, which is normally where we do our loop and turn back, but if we continue there is another wooded area. This one is closer to the water's edge which we can see from the path. The photo below is on the main walk where you can see the level of water is extremely low. Further along it isn't quite as dry, and this changes on every visit.
We reached another walkway, a shorter one, across another marshy pond. As always happens we see a couple of people looking intently across, and like a moth to the flame we joined them. A lady told us there was a hawk. I am saying it is a Red-shouldered Hawk because I went to the Huntley Meadow's Facebook page, and someone had taken photos of what looked like the same bird and identified it. (At the time of writing there is a brilliant header shot of the Hooded Merganser family from yesterday's post. I am not sure how long it will be there). Once again, if you think that is an incorrect ID, I would appreciate you letting me know. On the Facebook page, people share marvelous photos, and do identify some, but not always.) This is the scene we were looking at.There is a crow and I see that first. The hawk is harder to find, but with the help of the lady, there it was.We were surprised to see the crow and the hawk so close together. I understand that crows can mob hawks but nothing of that nature seemed to be going on at the time. They were just sharing the same space. I added arrows to the same photo below. The crow is quite visible but the hawk not so much, as he was foraging in the grass.
I know that smaller birds tend to mob larger ones if they are in the vicinity of their nesting sites. Years ago I watched such a scene when I stepped out my front door. I noticed the noise at first and could hear that the birds were definitely agitated. I looked up and a Great Blue Heron was flying through our area and the smaller birds didn't stop surrounding and chasing it until it was well away.