26 degrees and sunny
I snapped a quick shot of a pretty male Northern Cardinal in the oak tree out front, but the cold temps made my camera fog up. I do love cardinals in winter.
Next, I drove over to Southboro. There was one mute swan sitting on top of the ice.
On the way home, I made a quick stop at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land. I immediately spotted the Northern Mockingbird that's usually there. Also, an American Crow swooped down to the meadow and plucked something out of the snow. I wish I would have snapped a photo, because when he flew off, it looked like he was carrying a mouse. Do crows eat mice? I'll have to look this up! A Red-Tailed Hawk was pursuing him.
Note: Crows are scavengers and will eat "just about anything", including mice!
I decided to climb the first hill and heard two crows cawing in the treetops at the edge of the meadow. Then, the Red-Tailed Hawk flew into the same tree where one of the crows was. I drew nearer, but the hawk flew off. Still, I was able to capture some nice shots of it against the blue sky as it circled above me. [Click on any photo for an enlargement]
When I was at Cushing Memorial Park yesterday, I saw a hawk flying low over the trees when I drove into the lot but couldn't find it again by the time I parked the car. A little later, I saw three crows "mobbing" the hawk on the far end of the park. It finally flew off, exasperated with the crows!
The other day I saw crows gathering by the hundreds in the trees behind Whole Foods in Framingham. I'm not sure if this is their regular roost or just their gathering place, but I was wishing for my camera while on that errand! It looked like a scene from the movie, The Birds!