Archer, looking more like an adult red shouldered hawk every day. #bird #hawk #wildlife #nature

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Do you like hawks or falcons more?
avianrecon avianrecon Said:

I don’t know if I can say! I’m a big fan of the American Kestrel - they’re incredibly plucky little birds, and they haven’t been doing so well population-wise over the last several decades, so I’m rooting for them to make a comeback. That being said. it’s amazing to watch Harris Hawks fly, especially when they’re hunting in a pack.

All birds look a little raggity when molting, but I think Screech Owls have the hardest molt of all. Hunter and Lucy both look pitiful this time of year - they’ve lost almost all their feather tufts. Thankfully, they’ll have all new feathers soon! #bird #owl #screechowl

Getting some bird time. #bird #owl #barredowl #igbird

This is Chester, an American kestrel from this spring. He was unable to be released due to a leg injury, so he’ll live with us at ARC as an education bird, teaching people about Floridas smallest falcon. #bird #kestrel #rehab

Despite the heat, the first thing Astro wants to do when he comes out is take a sunbath. It must feel nice on the feathers. 🐤💕☀️ #bird #hawk #harris #falconry

#TBT to Ike as a three year old, just getting his white head. He still has a few dark feathers behind the eyes. #bird #eagle #wildlife #rehab

This fall we’re holding an Intro to Falconry Workshop at ARC. I’m looking at pictures from past years and getting excited! #bird #falcon #barbary #falconry (at www.arc4raptors.org)

It’s summer, and all the birds are busy molting. Can you see the tiny new pin feathers that Callie is growing in? #bird #kestrel #falcon #wildlife

Yesterday was a good day for flying. Until the rains came. 

Astro, being quite polite at weigh time. #bird #harrishawk #raptor #falconry

I’ll never get over how awesome bald eagles are. I’m so lucky to get to work with them. 🐤👍 #bird #eagle #wildlife #rehab

TBT to last fall, and our Barbary Falcon in juvenile plumage. Fall is my favorite season - the weather cools down, and all the birds start flying again! #bird #falcon #barbary #falconry #igbird

I found some time to do a bit of birding on the way home today. Nothing terribly exciting or unusual for the area, but it’s always fun to see some familiar faces.

Summer is finally starting to wind down, although it doesn’t feel like it yet. The Swallow Tailed Kites have started their migration back to South America, and we should start seeing some migrants of our own in Florida soon.

I can’t wait until fall! It’s my favorite season.

A very poofy Falco sparverius. #bird #falcon #americankestrel #kestrel #igbird