While we were walking down the bed of the stream we were delighted to see a zone-tailed hawk fly from the leafy top of a tall cottonwood...The hawk began screaming and was soon joined by its mate; both birds circled about in the vicinity as long as we were there.
The text is from "Zone-Tailed Hawk," Life Histories of North American Birds of Prey, by Arthur Cleveland Bent (1887). Click here to read the book online, or download it free, from the Internet Archive.
Bonus: check out this beautiful Picture Alphabet of Birds published by Thomas Nelson Company in 1874. Some of their choices were similar to mine, and some different!
Posted yesterday in "ABC of Birds" on Alphadello.