The red-shouldered hawk above was hunting from a perch just a dozen feet or so from the boardwalk leading to Explore the Wild. The red-shoulders here are quite used to people and are not bothered by human passers-by.
The hawk is local and is present most days throughout the year. The same morning I also saw a pine siskin, three purple finches, red-breasted nuthatches, a Copper’s hawk (another local), there were seventeen hooded mergansers floating in the water below the boardwalk and, of course, the ever-present yellow-rumped warblers hovering around the wax myrtle.
Bring your binoculars on your next visit to the museum, you never know what will show up.