Saturday, January 19, 2008

Uninvited Dinner Guest

Yesterday afternoon we were geting ready to go to our homeschool's spelling bee when Alexandra saw a bird land on our fence. At first, she thought it was one of our doves, but then she said she thought it might be a hawk. I went to look, and it was a hawk!

I started taking photos through the glass door, and then slowly opened the door and went out barefoot on the wet and cold walkway. I creeped closer and was able to get a few shots before he flew up to the rooftop behind me. I got a few more shots, this time from the backside.

This was so exciting for us! But, I was worried for our birds. I was prepared to scream and try to scare the hawk away if any of the birds returned.

The hawk did run into a squirrel - it was pretty funny. The squirrel came near the hawk while it was sitting on the fence. The hawk opened his wings up wide, trying to scare the little squirrel - I wish I would have snapped a photo, but it happened so fast. The hawk is actually the one who moved out of the way. The squirrel ran up in a tree and puffed himself up.
I'm guessing we haven't seen the last of the hawk. I hope to get better photos, but I sure hope he doesn't find dinner in our backyard!


live4evermom said...

So were you able to ID it? There are so many kinds that I find it hard to ID those. I need a hawk ID book. I imagine you were all excited with the find.

Robin said...

Cool pictures! My dh was working outside one morning during the Summer, and a hawk came and grabbed a squirrel out of the yard. It made a tremendous noise. And we were worried he may come back and get one of our little dogs. Never happened, though. Hopefully, even the little dogs are too heavy for a hawk. Keep us posted.

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