3/5/13

Predators All Around Us

Predators live and breath all around us. The human ones are the most despicable, but this blog isn't about them.

It's about one of nature's predators.

I snapped this picture through our back door while squatting low to the ground and at an impossible angle. The blurriness could be due to my lack of camera abilities or the dog slobber on the glass (believe it or not, I clean this door 2X weekly. Maggie just slobbers a lot!).

This is a Cooper's Hawk on my neighbor's tree. Just to the left at the bottom just out of sight of the photo shot is a bird feeder.

Cooper's Hawks feed on small birds, usually song birds. I don't think my neighbor had this in mind when she put up the feeder.

But I can imagine the hawk thinking, "Smorgasbord!"

This happened when our koi were smaller. The pond is small and two-and-a-half feet deep, perfect for a Great Blue Heron to visit the pond. Luckily, it only got away with two fish before we placed netting over it.

Nature is waking up in Oklahoma . . . and it's hungry!

Later, Peeps!

4 comments:

Meg said...

Our cats like to sit on the porch swing and wait for the baby mud swallows to fall out of the nest. They like to call it "fast" food.

I never minded sharing our chickens & chicks with the hawks. They didn't take more than they needed. The coyotes are another subject.
I haven't seen a Cooper's Hawk that I know of. Great picture regardless of Maggie slobber.

Margaret Golla said...

I see Red-Tailed Hawks on my walkies all the time, but this one landed in different tree when hubs was playing his Zombie game. The hawk stayed there long enough for me to get my bird book out and look him up. My vet confirmed they LOVE bird feeders for the snacky songbirds.

Marilyn said...

I glanced out the kitchen window the other day and saw a gorgeous huge hawk (red-tail, maybe?) sitting on top of our birdhouse. Wonder if he was hoping for a snack???

Margaret Golla said...

I can't blame the wild animals . . . but have noticed them starting to crowd my spaces: gophers, moles, hawks, herons, opossums, and coyotes, etc.