The morning that our power came back on, I was wrapped up in a blanket on the couch, watching tv and catching up on emails/work. I heard a bang and saw a bird bounce off the patio door. I didn't get up, because...well, it was a bird. It was kinda big, so I assumed a morning dove and figured after it got its bearing back, it would fly off. The husband went over there and asked what he should do with the bird. It was pretty big and really pretty. So that peaked my interest and I went over to check it out.
I had never seen a bird like this one before and it was definately not a morning dove. I text a picture to my mom and she didn't know either and didn't have her bird book handy, but said it looked like some type a hawk. Off to Google I went!
Turns out it's Kessler Hawk. Appears to be a juvenile also. I had never seen one before, much less in my yard! I would assume it was going after a small finch and the finch took a right and the hawk didn't and slammed into the window. ;) Pretty cool though. After a few minutes, it hopped up onto the wheel and shortly after that flew off to continue his hunt.
Unfortunately, Reelfoot is a hard lake to "watch for eagles". It's hard to explain, but it's basically a hunting/fishing lake. There are places to pull off to look at the lake and there are piers to walk out on, but unless you have a flat bottomed boat, you're not getting to the area's that the eagles hang out. You'll see some, we saw 2 flying as we drove in, but finding "a bunch" is pretty hard to do.
We saw more in captivity than in the wild.
I didn't really care.
I've seen comments online from people wondering why these 'not-so-nice' birds are our national bird. Honestly, I don't care. They are MY symbol of what freedom is. They were on the endangered list not too long ago and now they are just about everywhere. They are MY symbol of what freedom is. If they weren't, I wouldn't have driven over 3 hours to "see" them.
We saw other animals also. These were caged because they had become injured somehow. But at this point they could not live/survive on their own.
The kid had to take a "selfie" with it. LOL
I was fighting my focus through the fence, so it's not as clear as I wanted it, but boy does this picture crack me up. Big dude wanted on the perch and the redhawks were having nothing to do with him, so as with children, he threw a hissy fit. It was awesome.
And then after getting busted, acted like nothing happened.