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So I'm getting ready for work this morning and hear the birds going absolutely nuts outside in the backyard. With the days getting longer they've been waking up earlier (and we have a bird feeder right outside the back door) but this was not the usual morning birdsong. Took a quick look outside, didn't see anything. Weather was nice so I stepped out onto the deck, birds still going nuts so I looked in that direction, up, into the neighbors huge oak tree and saw this:

She was having breakfast, something with grey feathers, probably the reason the other birds were going nuts :). Scrambled around inside to find the camera and got back to the door just as she was getting ready to fly off, had to take this through the glass of the door.

I had forgotten our birdfeeder was the occasional raptor buffet :).

Date: 2010-03-05 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, good camouflage! Looks a bit like a Harris Hawk to me; hard to tell though.

*g* She's sitting there thinking, "here birdie, birdie, birdie!"

Date: 2010-03-05 03:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If it is the same one that has been hanging around for a couple of years it is a sharp shinned, altho they can look a lot like a Harris. Their diet is mostly other birds, hence the cacophany this morning :). I can usually tell when she is in the area by the defining silence around the feeder. Our local population of grackles and turtle doves has greatly diminished. Fortunately the cardinal seems to be fast enough to avoid being dinner.

Date: 2010-03-05 03:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Personally, she's welcome to all the grackles she can catch! Nasty birds...

Date: 2010-03-05 08:08 pm (UTC)
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Heh. That happens to barn cats around here - was walking in from the barn one afternoon, said something to a pair of kittens dinking around by the claim house - saw a swooping shadow in my peripheral vision, heard a squeak, turned around - one kitten gone and absolutely nothing in sight....

We worry a lot about the inlaws' little teeny poodle!!!

Date: 2010-03-05 10:25 pm (UTC)
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I think it is a sharp shin hawk and they only eat other birds so the neighbhor's small yippy dog is safe.......darn.

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