Friday, December 14, 2007

Friday Creature

Happy Friday! I have a story that goes with this week's photos... Last Friday, I got a phone call from a neighbor, breathlessly asking if I was at home. With my affirmative answer, he told me to hurry out my back door because he was on the corner behind my house and just saw a hawk pluck a squirrel off a telephone wire, and the hawk was currently on the ground, throttling the squirrel!

I grabbed my camera and ran out the door, but alas, just as I approached the scene, the great bird grabbed its prey and flew off to find a more private place to enjoy its meal. The neighbor was on his way to an appointment and I was also headed out, so we had to get on with our days. But as I was driving out of the neighborhood, I ducked down the alley in the direction I'd seen the hawk fly, and lo and behold, there it was in a tree, enjoying some squirrel tartare!

So, here is... well, my best guess is that this is a juvenile red-talked hawk, who I think might be a permanent resident of the neighborhood, since G-Dog and I have both spotted this bird before.

In other news, the creatures are up at the modulator's ark. Have a great weekend -- stay warm and don't let all the holiday craziness get you all stressed out!



10 comments:

gid said...

Wow! That is neat to see wildlife still thriving in an urban environment.

bobw said...

cool! we've seen one around our neighborhood, and my neigbor said he saw it take down a pigeon. here's hoping it doesnt cast a look toward our puppy, who is decidedly squirrel-like in stature, color and behavior

alice said...

Bob, I'd keep a close eye on the puppy while he/she is still small. The grapevine here in Highland Park says that one of our neighbors saw the hawk swoop at her chihuahua!



Gid, you read my mind. One of the things I like so much about these old, urban neighborhoods is the large number of mature trees, which provide these birds with good homes.

Scott said...

I'm still experiencing guilt over not being able to help a 'hood squirrel in its time of need, but at least I caught the action on my camera phone!



For the first time ever our cat Lyla escaped and spent a night--or most of it--outdoors. I've been trying to explain to her the airborn horrors that await foolish kitties who leave their safehouse. I'll be showing her these photos to help drive the point home!

poopie said...

dang girl...what a catch!

whaleshaman said...

great gruesome shots! ;-)

Kelly Cat said...

Good going, hawk! The redtail has adapted well to life with humans around. Without predators like the hawk, we'd be up to our ears in little squirrels.

Rhea said...

Nice shots. We have a lot of redtails here in Boston where I live. They are mostly in the arboretum. Have you read the wonderful book "Redtails in Love"? I have given as a gift more than any other book. It's an account of the bird watchers in Central Park, NYC. Very cool.

Keera said...

How nice to see a bit of the wild up close like that! Do you think we'll see more of this hawk - through your lens?

alice said...

I hope so! And almost certainly once I finally get a longer lens...