Today we have two nice photos submitted by readers.
The first, sent by Doc Bill, shows him in a moment of affectionate communion with his beloved tabby Kink (Felis catus), so named because of a 70-degree bend in his tail.
And reader Lynn Wilhelm snapped a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) in the bushes near her home. She recounts:
I was driving from a client’s house and saw the hawk swoop across the street and into a 10’ tall holly tree. A neighbor was standing nearby at her mailbox and missed the landing. I was able to get some pics while it hung out in the tree for about 5 minutes. I don’t know if it’s a young, inexperienced one or not, but it didn’t seem too interested in us. I thought maybe it was after a bird’s nest because a mockingbird started bugging it, but found no nest in the tree. I can’t believe I got within about 10’ of this gorgeous bird, hardly had to zoom at all. The mockingbird hung out and eventually the hawk flew up to a higher nearby pine with the mockingbird still after it. After a bit the hawk got fed up and slowly flew off with the mockingbird on its tail.