Several days ago, in a car headed downtown, passing woods along one side, I noticed a tree with two large Red-tailed Hawks sitting in it. They were on different branches, facing in opposite directions about eight to ten feet apart. In all of my nature watching, and I love to pay attention to the various hawks along the road and highways, I don't remember ever seeing two so close together.
I looked up the mating time for these birds and it is late winter, early spring, but I'm wondering if there is any other reason for their behavior.
And as if this wasn't enough, my husband and I were coming home this afternoon on a two lane country road, when another Red-tail picked up off a deer carcass and circled in the air till we passed. I did a bit of research on this occurrence and found that some sources say Red-tails do not eat carrion, and others say, when food is scarce they do. Well, like the familiar Bible verse, "I don't know about that, but this I do know....I saw it, and so did my husband."
So, keep watching and keep encouraging your children to take an interest in what is around them, observing season by season, so that they may intrigued when they see something that is "different!"