These ones with the cloudy skies are from yesterday morning, July 4th. (Happy Birthday, America!)
The rest are from today, about thirty minutes ago. When I got to the park, I could hear three of them, all spread out, and this was the first one I found:
That might be my favorite picture. :)
I followed it while it flew from branch to branch...
...until it stopped on one of the hawks' "usual" perches:
I started imitating the call it was doing, as I sometimes try to do, and the practice must have paid off- the thing seemed really interested in me! I was excited. Then I was momentarily scared when it took off and swooped right toward me. I was sure I must have agitated it, and it had decided to claw at my face a little. But it didn't. It landed on a branch only a few feet above my head to check me out. It was soooo cool. They must be getting used to me hanging around their turf! :)
Is this not the coolest ever?