March 24, 2011

Bird Brains Warning - graphic photo of a lousy hawk!

As you know, I love to feed and watch the birds in my backyard. We have been fortunate to be a haven for cardinals, have had a record for us of 8 males in our yard at once over this past snowy winter.

This year, we've been visited by a sharp shinned hawk. They like to frequent yards where feeders are present as their prey are plentiful. So today, we had this in the morning:

And this hawk hung around for about three hours in that spot between the time it was eating and then just hanging out and digesting.

A few hours later, the "regulars" returned and, as you can see, there were six males and one lone female cardinal in our tree.

Now, if I can only figure out a way to keep the hawk out. Thank goodness it didn't get one of the cardinals, or I would have been really mad.


Grandma J said...

That's scarey! I wish I had an answer for you, but today, my JJ-dog was lounging on the back lawn and a turkey buzzard was circling. I brought JJ in asap. I hate big birds!!

Ellen said...

A few years ago, we had a hawk pick up a small dog in our area. So of course, we didn't take Maxie out without being on a leash so we could grab her up quickly if we had to.

Like you, hawks and vultures are not my favorites.

TSannie said...

What's he eating in that first photo??

I do believe it's time for you to get another dog - big enough that the hawk won't pounce - to chase that hawk AWAY!!

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Yikes! We had to cover our chicken coop to keep the hawks from getting our chickens.

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

Is that a hawk? All I can see is its butt :) You are blessed to have so many cardinals!

Barb, sfo said...

Now I know where my hawk went. (insert sheepish grin here) He used to sit on top of my bird feeder.

I advise you to bide your time, placing a bird feeder in 2-foot proximity to your picture window. Hawk will not be able to resist. Eventually hawk will crash into window, leaving behind a mess of feathers.

You probably won't see him again after that. But don't send him back here.