Not the ones swept up by Waterbury homicide detectives and appearing on local TV news yesterday. These were juvenile Red-shouldered Hawks patrolling the lawn at the city's Fulton Park, a true urban oasis surrounded by heavily populated city neighborhoods. Red-shoulders were confirmed nesting in the park in 2018, and clearly they were successful this year. While at least two juvs hunted out in the open, one adult was stationed at the top of a dead tree in the park's wooded eastern slopes. The juvs were out on a recently mowed lawn. At first I thought they were after earthworms, but when they ran briskly to grab something small off the ground, they were definitely after something more mobile than a worm - maybe a beetle or a grasshopper. One was so close to busy Pine Street that only a small border of bushes separated it from the sidewalk.
Also noteworthy were single singing male Pine Warblers in 3 different stands of E White Pine and an E Wood-Pewee, hardly a city stock item, singing on territory in the mature woods (along with a couple Red-eyed Vireos)..