Early morning walks often give me the opportunity to notice that other early risers are out and about enjoying the morning activity other than myself.  When that happens it adds pleasure, and rewards me with the effort of getting involved in this task of mobility during this early hour of the day.

Today two Red Tail Hawks were soaring, circling and gliding through the sky like in slow motion, having fun with the wind.  They’d take big sweeping circles, with wings extended, several feet high above the tall evergreens extending their circles further over the field and forests.  Then they would fly over me toward a group of tall trees circling above an area where there is a Raven’s nest observing for any prey that might be out away from their nests.

It didn’t take long before the Ravens let the Hawks know they were getting too close within their territory.  Before the Ravens made their squad attack on the Hawks, they were communicating to each other with their strange noises of clicks, rattles and gulping….then the charge began on the hawks.   When the Ravens can prove to the hawks they are serious attackers, the hawks will sail off in the other direction.

The large area next to the open field has several large Oregon Grape bushes growing around the fence.  The buds on the blossoms are almost ready to open into small yellow flowers the wild and domesticated bees love.  There is a small tinge of red on some of the yellow petals.  Later, during the summer the blossoms will turn into lovely dark blue berries for the birds to enjoy


6 thoughts on “Red tail hawks, Ravens and wild Oregon Grape (mahonia aquifolium) plant

  1. My early morning walks range from 7:30 to 9:00. Beyond those hours, I am getting ready for my daily routine fun projects. It starts getting light around 6:45 (daylight saving time) where I live. Mid-summer light will arrive near 4:00 a.m. and dusk at 10:30; it makes for shorter sleeping hours.

    The berries on the wild Mahonia are rather plump and large, almost like a blue berries but they are very tart. The native americans used the berries for dying the grasses for their basket weaving plus for food

    Thanks for your comments


  2. What a lovely walk – but I wonder what you mean by “early morning”? I suppose it depends on what time dawn comes. We are changing to daylight saving time here this weekend, so the mornings will get slightly darker again.
    We have a big garden-variety Mahonia, and the flowers certainly do attract the insects.
    All the best for Easter 🙂


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