Since we put our bird feeders back up a few weeks ago, we have had a constant parade of small birds like finches, chickadees, sparrows, and wrens, and larger birds like red-bellied wood-peckers, cardinals, red-winged blackbirds, and blue jays enjoying our hospitality.
But sometimes the absence of birds is notable and I look to the trees for a predator.
I know the hawks need to eat too. I just find it horrifying to contemplate one darting down, capturing me with its sharp claws, and flying off with me in its grasp, if I were, say, a small bird, or a chipmunk that frequents the ground below our feeder. How horrifying to end your short life as a predator’s meal.
I saw this happen a week or two ago.
It happens everywhere all the time.
Survival of the fittest.
We first noticed this hawk at 12:46 p.m. I don’t know what time it had arrived.
Nearly two hours later at 2:38, the hawk has slightly changed his position in the tree, but still waits. And watches.
It’s a beautiful bird.
And it needs to eat too.
Posts and photos about other hawks I’ve seen:
The Red-Tailed Hawk or Arthur’s narrow escape – January 2012
Hunting in the daytime – The Great Horned Owl – January 2012
The Cooper’s Hawk shines golden – March 2012
The big birds were out today – Birds of prey at the VOA – September 2012
Read more about the Cooper’s Hawk at Cornell Lab’s All About Birds.