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Elizabeth Lake

Saturday, March 02, 2013

We took a drive to Elizabeth Lake a couple of days ago. We drove up to the top of the hill, and DH suggested I take a pic of the lake. I couldn't get all of the lake in my picture, but most of it.


We were driving back down, when we spotted a Turkey Buzzard flying around.
It was real sunny out, but the Buzzard was on the side of the hill that was shady. Made for an interesting picture.


I spotted a Crow. Poor thing, looks like someone pecked at him big time.


We came across 4 Mule Deer. I wish my pictures were a little clearer, I had my zoom lens to the limit, and it was so bright from the sun, that the colors were washed out. It was still fun to watch them though.










We got down to the main road. A Hummingbird showed up for us.




Not far from the Hummer was a Scrub Jay. In fact there were several Scrub Jay's out. This was the only one I was able to take a pic of.


DH spotted a Red Shoulder Hawk. It was actually sleeping in the tree. First time I ever observed that!


We drove down to the end of the road, where the trails are. DH took the dogs for a short walk, while I walked around for points of interest. I didn't see anything different, until DH showed up with the dogs. I told DH not to move, and keep the dogs still. (they were sitting behind a bush) I spotted a Northern Harrier (Hawk) flying low, and snapped a pic while it was landing.


It had grabbed a mouse and was eating it, so the Hawk didn't notice us right away. Then it saw us, and gave a good peak. Oh, what beautiful eyes.


We rarely see this type of Hawk, so that was the highlight of my day. We were driving back home, and stopped in Leona Valley. There have been California Towhee's hanging around with the White Crowned Sparrows.






Last week-end we observed Mama Hawk sitting in her nest. Woo Hoo. The eggs should hatch by the end of March. We arrived at the nest just in time. Daddy Hawk was landing at the nest, and dropped a mouse inside the nest for Mama to eat. He hangs around not far from the nest all of the time now.




Then he flew back to his pole.


This is how I can tell them apart, beside the male being really shy. He has a lighter chest then the female Hawk.


Pretty good day, I would say. Have a great Sat!!!!




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PSMITH3841 3/4/2013 2:29PM

    My girlfriend lives out in the country and has Hummingbird feeders all around her deck, they are so much fun to watch and those little birds are absolutely fearless. Your picture is the first time I've ever seen one resting on a branch. I've only ever seen them flying with their little "motor" wings! Too Cute!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/3/2013 10:23PM

    You sure saw a lot of wildlife for one day! Beautiful deer.

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TXGRANDMA 3/3/2013 9:35AM

    I just love seeing your photos. Elizabeth Lake is just beautiful! The mountains in the background add all kinds of interest to the picture. I really had no idea that California had so many mountains. You were so fortunate to be able to photograph the deer. They are such gorgeous animals..........I have always been excited to see them.....It is a special treat! emoticon

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TEALHAWK 3/2/2013 9:19PM

  awesome pictures

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NATNOEL 3/2/2013 8:22PM

    Oh the hawk with the eyes....so cool.

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JACKIE542 3/2/2013 5:03PM

    Elisabeth lake is so pretty, looks like you had a great day all the pictures were beautiful, always love deer and of course the birds. Hope you are having a great weekend. emoticon emoticon

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ANGRITTER 3/2/2013 12:14PM

    I know I say this all the time, but I adore your blogs. They are so informational and I feel like I am learning something. I have started paying more attentiont to the millions of birds that use my yard as a fly-low zone, or like to hop around on my grass and I love it. The cardinals have always been all over the place. The other birds are probably just stopping by until they get to go home.

And the geese are heading back home as well. :)

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MEADSBAY 3/2/2013 10:24AM

    Amazing pics!
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LOSER05 3/2/2013 10:21AM

    awww

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HELEN_BRU 3/2/2013 10:15AM

    I guess hawks can take a nap whenever they want to! lol

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0309COOKIE 3/2/2013 9:41AM

    The picture of the lake is beautiful! The mule deer are cool looking.

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CMKARLS 3/2/2013 9:27AM

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NISSANGIRL 3/2/2013 9:21AM

    These were sooo beautiful!!! thanks so much for sharing ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IDLETYME 3/2/2013 9:14AM

    What a wonderful trip that was! All kinds of nature to see. Thank you so much for sharing!!!! Have a great weekend! emoticon

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PICKIE98 3/2/2013 8:26AM

    I so look forward to your pics after a rough day.. Thank you..

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AWESOMECHELZ 3/2/2013 8:00AM

    You remind me that when I get my new phone, I will be taking photos again. It is SO much fun! And since I live in Florida, we also have a lot of birds. Thanks for the great photos. emoticon Chelsea

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KRAZY4KATZ 3/2/2013 7:33AM

    I absolutely love the photos! What a beautiful trip!

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SUSIEPH1 3/2/2013 1:51AM

    Ohh Jeanne ! Mumma and Daddy hawk with Babies again .So Sweet ..
Looking forward to seeing the babies .
Love the lake and the Birds ..
I have never heard of Mule Deer .. Poor Crow is looking a bit scraggy .
Your photos are amazing xx thanks so much for the time you take to post them .
Hugs and Love Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARLINDA5 3/2/2013 1:37AM

    I love the picture of the Lake - very nice

Also enjoy the pictures of the different birds.

Have a fun Saturday :) emoticon

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SUSANBEAMON 3/2/2013 1:08AM

  what great pictures. and all in one day.

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IRISHMUM3 3/2/2013 12:06AM

    Great shots!

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