red-tailed hawk guarding my plot

Community Garden Plot

redtail on branch
There’s a big hawk sitting in the ash tree right next to my community garden plot the past few days. I’m guessing a female red-tailed hawk. Probably the same one I’ve seen in this area for years. I’m glad to see her watching over the plots. I know there are very many rodents (and rabbits) in there.

redtail on branch 1 redtail in flight 3

I recently saw this Red-tail photo in the Boston Globe. The hawk caught and ate a pigeon amidst the holiday shoppers downtown. They are everywhere in the winters here.

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  • Nice pictures!

  • Hawks are such amazing creatures. They have such grace and patience. You photos are gorgeous. Excellent job capturing the majesty of this bird

  • Red-tailed hawks are incredible animals. Did you get to see the nesting ones over by the Whole Foods in Fresh Pond this spring? My students and I have set up a bird-watching heaven just outside our classroom and we've had these hawks come through the "bird-feed" on the birds. We even got a falcon last week!

    Gorgeous pictures you have! I love the first one…you can really see the glints of red in it.

  • Good to know she's watching over your plot so you don't have to.

  • What a gorgeous hawk! Just beautiful.

  • amazing

  • I was just hawk watching in my own garden yesterday. I started to feel silly starting and photographing it after a while. Funny how amazing it can be to see a bird of prey!

  • Not a welcome sight to those of us that raise chickens…

  • Sarah Thompson
    December 7, 2010 8:19 PM

    Hi Kathy,

    I am the Environmental Committee chair at the National Marine Fisheries Service office in Gloucester, MA. Our office has around 200 Federal employees. We are hosting a Gardening/Sustainable Food Fair and are hoping that you may want to be a part of it. We are not looking for anything fancy, simply people to educate our staff regarding Community-Supported Agriculture, gardening, composting, fish cooperative, Farmers' Market, etc. This would be a place for you to discuss your expertise and pass along information/flyers. Do you have any interest? This would not be a formal presentation, rather we would have tables set up and people could come by and speak with you if interested.

    If interested, would you be free to come for a couple of hours (11:30 AM to 1:30 PM) to represent organic farming? The tentative date is March 9, 2011, Wednesday. We hope that this is early enough in the year to beat the Summer rush.

    Thank you,
    Sarah (

  • Marian(LondonUK)
    December 7, 2010 11:41 PM

    Hi,great photographs. We have a large community of hedge sparrows in the hedge near our workshop. A few weeks ago we had continual visits from a Sparrow Hawk diving to try and catch one of our little buddies. They do appear from time to time but this was a few times a day over several days. They must have been hungry I guess to venture into a suburban garden.

    Nice invitation from the Marine people!

    Marian (London UK)

  • wow!! great shot. .

  • How wonderful! and such beautiful photos. We had a fright this week when we spotted a red-tailed kite over the dog rescue centre where I volunteer. Trouble was, my friend's miniature chihuaua was taking a run in the paddock at the time! We had to run out to save it.. or it might have been a tasty snack!

  • Thank you for the lovely picture of the red tailed hawk watching your garden! I was searching for a good picture to add to my blog and am glad to have found your website as I love gardening as well. I live in New York and would like to grow all of our own vegetables, so look forward to learning from you. We have a garden at home, unheated greenhouse and rented a small community plot last summer. With some planning and learning from you, I imagine we can supply our family with a lot more food in the near future. Thank you! My blog is:

    Take care!


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