God knew what He was doing
when He sent a gentle breeze
and brought a lovely butterfly
to set my heart at ease.
The happiness of your friendship
and the gentleness of your words
have touched my life in special ways
and now I feel assured.
Thank you for your loyalty
and for reading everyday.
I only hope you find things
to make a happy day.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The Cooper's Hawk
I don't know who took this picture...I saw it on the internet and borrowed it :)
The other day when I was watching Blue Jays at my feeder...and writing a post about them...a shadow went across the sunny window. It was a big shadow and bigger than a Blue Jay I thought. Later in the day, as we were coming down the drive, Joe spotted this bird in a close by tree. The bird was just sitting there with his back to the feeder, which was just a few feet from him. We stopped the car and sat there for awhile. The bird kept turning his head around, like an owl, and watching the feeder. The feeder was empty...the tiny birds had all taken cover. After sitting there for maybe 15 min. I decided to get out of the car. I ventured over to the tree. He kept a watchful eye. Closer and closer I came...he decided to leave right then. I watched as this magnificent bird soared first low to the ground then up and away towards the woods. It seems that he has spotted our feeder and will come and sit nonchalantly waiting for his meal. Where did the little birds go? The minute he was gone...they came out of hiding...they were under the evergreens in the front...where the mums are blooming. Lots of little birds were hiding together. I guess they will have to be vigilant this winter for he was back again this morning.
Here's some information on this hawk.
Among the bird world’s most skillful fliers, Cooper’s Hawks are common woodland hawks that tear through cluttered tree canopies in high speed pursuit of other birds. You’re most likely to see one prowling above a forest edge or field using just a few stiff wing beats followed by a glide.We have a woods behind the house where many birds reside. They are sometimes unwanted guests at bird feeders, looking for an easy meal (but not one of sunflower seeds).These hawks kill their prey by holding the bird in their claws and squeezing it to death...or if water is close by they will drown their prey. I have mixed feelings about this visitor...I would like to observe it for a while...but then would like it to move on..as I am really fond of songbirds. Hawks have been known to grab a cat or dog, but this variety feeds mostly on small birds. I suppose if the dog were very tiny...it might be dangerous. The dogs in our neighborhood are leashed and I've only seen one cat outside. He has competition with the coyotes. There's a problem...for dogs and cats but that's another story.