A Morning Visitor

My song birds and squirrels are not happy, but, man, it is so cool when the big birds stop by. This has only happened a couple of times before, and all the little ones head for cover immediately.

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This morning I saw the hawk (Cooper’s Hawk?? I’m bad at identifying.)cruise in from across the street and swoop over the top of the house. I ran from the kitchen window to the back of the house, grabbing my camera on the way. Oh, Nature, how you distract me.

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After taking dozens of pictures from the cover of the back windows, I decided that he? she? wasn’t going anywhere soon since my yard was a buffet of tiny furs and feathers.

I slipped out the garage door and approached from the side of the house.

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Yea, I’m not as sneaky as I think.

As a predator in the city, I’ll assume that my visitor is very used to people and was not particularly concerned about me and my camera.

This was the best motion shot I got as he flew to the other side of the fence. I was too zoomed in to catch much more.

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Re-positioned at another angle on the fence, he continued to scope the flower bed for movement. I crept to about five feet from the bird when he pounced on a Junco who had made the mistake of moving. I squeaked and took a lot of blurry photos of the fence to capture the impact of large wings thrashing in my butterfly bush. I’m fairly certain the Junco made it out.

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If you’re better at hawk identification than I am, please let me know about my visitor.

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7 thoughts on “A Morning Visitor

  1. Wow! You did a really good job with the photos of this visitor! Although I style myself a ‘birder,’ I’m just a beginner, so I usually can’t identify anything without my trusty field guides in hand. So I don’t have an answer for you (yet). But I will check out my guides, and if I can propose an ID for this hawk, I’ll let you know! 🙂
    Meanwhile, isn’t it great to have birds in your yard to entertain your 4 kitties? I also have 4–well actually they have me–and one reason I keep the feeder stocked is to provide my cats with “cat TV.” LOL! 🙂

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