The robins stayed close, but none of them were brave enough to tangle with a hawk this size. I was amazed the hawk just sat there while I had enough time to go and get Mr. Johnson and my camera, and even crept up closer to it for more pictures.
Finally the hawk flew down into the yard near one of the many streaked gopher holes we have out there. Again, I was able to use some evergreens as cover to creep closer for another picture. Needless to say, the gophers were nowhere to be seen, but the hawk stood there long enough for me to get one more picture. Don't you just love those fluffy feather pantaloons?
I know that Red-Tailed Hawks are one of our most common raptors, but I never get tired of seeing them. But seeing one of them--up close and in my own backyard--is one of those amazing and wondrous events that I will never forget!
Here's a short movie too. I wanted you to be able to hear all the robins chirping in the background. (sorry it's a little shaky......I was pretty excited!)