Hawks, Eagles, & Kites

Eagle Encounter

Eagle Encounter

Bald Eagle approaching nest. Photo © Kevin Shank. On May 24, a beautiful Sunday afternoon, my dad, my brothers, and I headed off on an excursion. After hearing about a Bald Eagle nest about fifteen...

Shivering for Birds

Shivering for Birds

Sharp-shinned Hawk, © Joseph WhetstoneHairy Woodpecker, © Joseph WhetstoneBald Eagle, © Janet Whetstone “Oh! Look at those Cedar Waxwings!” Joseph exclaimed. Less than ten minutes into our bird...

Exploring Nature, October 2021

Exploring Nature, October 2021

Photo ©Kevin Shank The Shenandoah Valley and surrounding mountains will likely be ablaze in peak fall foliage color the second or third weekend.October is the peak migration time for hawks,...

Attack!

Attack!

A kite’s call sounded overhead. My family and I were walking in our neighborhood in early summer, near a tall old pine. I felt a rush of wind, and something tugged at my braid. I looked up to see a...

Summer Birding

This summer has been interesting since I started birding. One Sunday we went on an afternoon drive. As we crested the hill just past our house, we saw a Broad-winged Hawk on a telephone pole. This...