Vickie Henderson, notes 5-2-09 I retreated to a quieter place not far away but also not within sight of the nest. When the male flew past me and began calling, I saw this chipmunk disappear in a hole between the rocks. I flinched a bit myself. I want to observe without drawing attention and I was grateful that was the case for the moment.
The female is very attentive to the young in the nest and I particularly liked this image of her looking down on her nestling.It is no wonder I have seen a change in the male's behavior. His job is a tough and busy one.
When I retreat to a quieter place to observe, I find myself spending more time observing other wildlife and flora while I take notes about the hawks' activities. Two adolescent squirrels were grooming on a nearby limb, a Woodthrush and a Swainson's thrush were both singing at once, and I got my first looks at a Veery foraging in the leaves.There's always more to sketching in nature than sketching! And it is joyous.To see my entire series on this pair of red-shouldered hawks, click this link at Vickie Henderson Art.