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February 14, 2012 / Rae Spencer

Hawk Again

Yesterday afternoon this hawk killed a robin in my back yard. I don’t know if he is the same hawk as the one that killed our baby rabbit, but I have my suspicions. This time, instead of flying away with his prize, he stayed in the rose bed. He ate for nearly a half-hour, even gulped down the bones before he left.

This is only the second time I’ve seen a hawk in my yard, while robins are a constant presence. I’m torn between awe and sorrow, between the stunning beauty of my visitor and the sad spectacle of orange feathers strewn in the grass.

I don’t know if this is a young Cooper’s Hawk or a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Maybe neither? What do you think?

5 Comments

  1. Mario Davalos / Feb 14 2012 7:31 PM

    It looks more like a sharp-shinned hawk (accipiter striatus), It most’ve been an spectacle to be there and watch raw nature at work.

  2. Angela / Feb 15 2012 10:32 PM

    Rae,
    I can totally sympathize with the conflicting emotions at work in this event. Such an absolutely gorgeous bird, but it is a predator, right? We have red-tailed hawks here and I have seen them a few times in the yard. They seem particularly interested in the large oleander behind the fence, which the smaller birds love to nest in.

    I’m sorry to hear about your rabbit.. 😦

    Thank you for documenting this.

    • Rae Spencer / Feb 16 2012 1:23 PM

      Angela,

      Losing the bunny was one of the hardest moments I’ve experienced in the yard, but it hasn’t changed how much I enjoy watching the daily drama. I suppose it helps that hawks are so beautiful!

      Thank you for reading my blog, and thanks for commenting!

      Rae

      • Angela / Feb 17 2012 3:52 PM

        It is true — nature’s beauty provides some compensation for its harshness….

        I absolutely love your blog, Rae. Whenever I visit, I feel as though I’ve been for a much-needed walk in the fresh air.

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