Wednesday, August 18, 2060

Welcome to Sawyers Landing.  I'm Alan Andrew and my goal is to share things I see from our backyard and neighboring woods and trails. I will mix in family gatherings and of course pictures of Russell our Standard Poodle.  This post is purposely pinned to the top so look below for the most recent posts.

"Posts" will appear in chronological order but that's just how a blog is set up to work.  I can "label" (categorize) posts by a name or topic and that is how I see the blog being used.  To find categories, look at the menu (File Cabinet) on the right.  So for example if you want to see posts related to "Buck", then click on that and see them.  At any time, you can click at the top of the page and go back "home".  If you are in a label/category and get to the bottom of the page, look for "Older Posts" and you can continue until there are no more posts for that category.

This is not my backyard but I like this photo taken by my grandson Jake.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Update on "Red"...our Red-shouldered Hawk

Re: Polk County Red-shouldered hawk
Fri 9/28/2018, 5:30 PM
You are correct that we don't know yet if this hawk will fully recover. She just is now eating on her own!

If you don't see updates, please email... 



On Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 10:07 AM Alan Andrew > wrote:
I know it's too soon to know if she will fully recover, but my wife and I would love to be there if/when she is released.


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Gray tree frog relocating due to my mowing

This is likely an eastern gray tree frog but I'm comfortable calling it a gray tree frog for sure.

Had to shoo it toward the woods so I could finish mowing...

Friday, September 21, 2018

Red-shouldered hawk finally made the "Patient" page on SOAR website

We call her "Red".  Not much information here but finally saw her on the page last night. 

I've been e-mailing someone at SOAR and she asked for more details and of course I had those for her including cross streets and environment info.  I want them to know she was in a good area for this type of hawk.  You can click above or here is the text from the post through Sept 21...
By SOAR - Linette
3 September 2018
red-shouldered hawk
Admission Date: 3 September 2018
Location of Rescue: Polk County
Cause of Admission / Condition: collision with vehicle
Patient Status: Current Patient
This is the time of year when SOAR gets hatch-year 2018 raptors admitted that are underweight and struggling. This hawk did collide with a vehicle and the driver is the one who reported this incident to Iowa Bird Rehab (Jenni). This hawk is also emaciated, not sure what happened with this hawk for it to get so thin… but that happened before the collision.
Red-shouldered hawks are an Iowa endangered species even though in much of this bird’s range the population is growing.
21 September 2018
This hawk is still very thin and still needs to be hand-fed.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Been busy with bucks

About a week ago, I was on the phone and looking out the window when I spotted this young buck.  I took some pictures and then some video and of course right when I shut off the video, it jumps our fence and is in our back yard.  So I picked it up from there getting a few more pics and some video including it deciding the grass was greener in my neighbor's yard...

Here was Russ inside (just kidding)…

Here it is jumping the fence...

And then last night, I put my trail camera out and the first image was a procession of three bucks just after midnight.  Pretty impressive.

A doe for good measure.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

I'm enjoying watching Eastern Kingbirds

Working upstairs has allowed me to look at the back window more lately and am enjoying watching Eastern Kingbirds perch on the fence and then do the circular flight path catching food.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Hawk progress and identify confirmed

I received an update from SOAR this morning.  Not a Cooper's Hawk but a Red-shouldered Hawk (good job Jon).  I didn't know we had them around here...have not seen in my bird book.  Makes sense with the habitat along the river.

It's a juvenile female.  She is alive.  Very thin...emaciated.  Being hand fed twice a day.  Standing on her own.  She drank out of her water pan yesterday.  Slowly but surely I'm told.  I have not seen her on the SOAR site.