Anyone who knows me, knows that this is my absolute, all-time most favoritest of favorite times of year. I get football, and I get to band hawks.
This past weekend was a great way to start off - 30 birds! 29 were Sharp-shinned hawks, and we got one merlin. Saw plenty, too - broad-wings, harriers, peregrines, kestrels, eagles, red-tails and osprey. The first picture is a hatch year merlin. The next one is a hatch year shin - the last is an after-hatch-year shin. Notice the difference in plumage and eye color.