Watching the Hawk Watch

One of the things I like about my neighborhood is that wildlife presents itself for the alert passer-by.  I was in my living room when I noticed some people walking up the steps toward the shops.  The man looked up and then turned back to look up again.  I walked to the window, curious, and saw this perched on a limb above what is often a squirrel playground…

It looks like a young Red Tail to me, given its head color and breast, which you’ll see later.
You lookin’ at me?
Well, you should know I have superpowers…

The funny thing is that several other people walked by and never looked up.  I have seen foxes, coyotes, deer, raccoons, opossums, and all manner of birds I never expected to see in town (pileated woodpeckers, for instance) just by looking around.

This bird had its eyes peeled.
Pesky human still looking at me…

I love seeing the big hunters because I know they will keep the rodent population down.  That seems to be what this little guy was looking for—some chipmunks or mice in the ivy.  I hope he or she (I can’t sex juvenile hawks) finds something tasty before the afternoon is over.  What a treat for a grey day—and thanks to the alert neighbor for sending me a clue to look out.

Ah, well. No chippies. May as well look elsewhere…
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23 Responses to Watching the Hawk Watch

  1. SueW says:

    Well spotted, Lisa.

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  2. That little guy sure blends in well to his surroundings. I would never see it if not for your photograph. I love walking because I see more that way. I hope your hawk eventually found a bite of dinner somewhere.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Wildlife watching is so rewarding. Hope this one takes care of a few rodents for you!

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  4. What a lovely thing to see. I suppose a squirrel playground and a hawk buffet are quite similar. 🙂

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  5. A great catch Lisa – not just to have spied it but to have got the pictures as well!

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  6. shoreacres says:

    I have a hawk of some sort that hangs out in a tree near my bird feeders. A few times, it’s tried for a dove. So far, I’ve only found one pile of feathers, but I know when the hawk’s around because everything goes suddenly silent. I have noticed that the few rats who’d come to feast on fallen birdseed are gone; I suspect I know who took care of them!

    For a while, there were some feral cats who were stalking and sometimes catching my birds. Then, the coyotes showed up; I spotted them trotting down the middle of the parking lot in the middle of the night. In time, the cats disappeared, and once they were gone, so were the coyotes. Welcome to the balance of nature, suburban style!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      A friend of mine calls bird feeders Hawk MacDonalds! There IS a balance, as various predators have shown up to hunt various things. Foxes came for the rabbits, hawks came for the squirrels, and of course there are plenty of mice, chipmunks and rats for all…

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  7. Lavinia Ross says:

    You have a beautiful hawk visitor there, Lisa!

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  8. He’s kind of serious looking isn’t he? Happy New Year Lisa!

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  9. Sylvie Ge says:

    They know so well how to camouflage!

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  10. Funny, what you can see when you look.

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