I had a hawk greet me bright and early this morning. I was cleaning up in the kitchen and saw a large bird fly into the brush pile and perch himself there. I realized it was a hawk and ran to grab my camera, only to have him leave immediately.
I was in my yard at about 2:00 this afternoon and I could see the squirrels frantically running up trees and scores of birds flying into cover. I knew it was a hawk so I again went to grab my camera and binoculars. He was in my neighbors lilac bush and I zoomed in on him w/ my binoulars. What talons!!! I could see him trying to get lower into the branches to get to the ground where I am assuming some of the birds were. I felt bad for him and prayed he got himself one of those awful house sparrows that dominate my yard. If he couldn't get that than I would have loved to have seen him get a starling who just started coming to my yard to eat all of my suet. I was desperate to get a picture so I grabbed my camera and tiptoed to my back yard. Let me tell you that hawk must have incredible hearing because off he flew. :o(. Once he flew off the squirrels leaped wildly from tree to tree to get out of my yard and birds who were in lousy cover darted for the brush pile in search of safety.
I had heard about how wild life reacts when a predator is nearby but I was never able to experience first hand and it was crazy to see. Hawks have it rough in the winter and it was obvious yesterday.
I am still not feeling well and didn't do much yesterday besides lounge. I did get a Christmas tree and went to the cemetery briefly. The picture you see here is of ice laden branches over the Blackstone River. We are expected to get warmer temps this week so I am hoping some of this ice will go away.