Red Shouldered Hawk Niceville FL Guest Blog

This is a regular visitor to the local McDonalds.  It was on the ground eating the remains of the meat in a discarded sandwich in the parking lot with several large, black crows around, cawing angrily, but . . . not getting too close.   The crows would hop closer and the hawk would turn it’s head to look at them and they’d quickly back up.  It was fascinating to watch.  Once finished with the meat in the sandwich it flew to the top of this post where I finally thought to snap a pic or two.  As best as I can tell on-line, it’s a Red Shouldered Hawk.   -Shuey

Photographed by Shuey in Niceville FL

 

Shuey’s most viewed  Guest Post was the regal Barred Owl in 2012  the Blue Jerk  was another   Thanks for the wonderful contributions. 

https://rutheh.com/2012/03/12/barred-owl-niceville-florida-guest-post/

 

A Cooper’s Hawk and the Five Lasagnas

Usually you see a Cardinal or Blue Jay or Sparrow but not with him around!!!

Oh why didn’t I bring the 70-200 lens this weekend?  And even if I had, who could have switched it if it were in the camera bag and not on the camera body? Looked out the window to see how the weather was and what a surprise!  This hawk was sitting out on top of the swingset and as I slid the glass door open, trying to be so quiet, I was sure he would fly away.  I got two shots off and his head moved and he flapped twice and was gone in a flash.  Looked up Ohio hawks online and this one seems to be an immature Cooper’s Hawk.  He was definitely looking for breakfast.  He heard the shutter on the camera, turned his head and was gone.

And that was the planned post for Monday, already set up to go.

Then I get a comment from Joanne in Nebraska (Sunday’s Hot Air Balloons) and a special request for the five lasagnas pic so here they are and a link to the Butternut Squash Lasagna recipe by Giada Di Laurentis, 3rd from the left. We omitted the nutmeg from the Butternut Squash recipe- why?  we didn’t have any.   Aunt Mary cooked all five with some assembly assistance by Anna and Michael.  The lasagnas were accompanied by Garlic Bread and salad and fresh fruit.  Here is the ground sausage and meat recipe- omitted the sugar and the fennel seeds from this recipe.  The four veg lasagnas were the most popular! Anna wrote labels for each one.  Many guests tried a sampler of a few of them.  Butternut Squash was a favorite.

Spinach, Four Cheese, Butternut Squash, Ground Sausage and Beef, and Roast Eggplant & Zucchini Lasagna