Ernesto's rain has ended, but as you can see the sky is still dark and dreary, and the light for photography is pretty bad. So naturally, I came across a large, probably female, red-tailed hawk sitting on a wire as soon as I left the cover of the woods yesterday.
Hurricane Ernesto was a season-changing kind of storm. From here on, the weather won't likely get as hot as mid-summer, though it's still possible to get a few more hot days.
The storm also started birds moving in a way that I hadn't yet seen before it. As soon as the storm cleared, I started seeing loose flocks of small birds headed south. Most were starlings or finches, but it's the first time I've seen birds in flocks since summer started. This morning I saw a south-bound dragonfly. Yes, they migrate too. Tomorrow is to bring more rain, so I'm optimistic that today will bring a good early-season hawk migration. I'm heading off to a hawkwatch to enjoy the show.
I did manage to get one better and closer picture of Ms. Redtail sitting on the wire.