Saturday, January 4, 2020

Saturday's Critters #316

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I had this post ready to go in case I was not home from our trip.  I decided to keep it, next week I will share birds and critters seen on our trip to South Carolina and Florida.


This bird below is a reason why sometimes my back yard birds disappear.  I am pretty sure it is a Cooper's Hawk.  It was sitting on the fence just below the spot I hang the deck bird feeders.  Luckily I looked outside before hanging out my feeders that morning.  



 It was hard to focus on the hawk, through my window and the deck railing to where the hawk was sitting on the fence.  I think I managed a few good photos for the id. 


I took these photos from my dining room window, the hawk sat on the fence for quite a while before finally moving away. 




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66 comments:

  1. Dearest Eileen; Oh, handsome guy this Cooper's Hawk is. Even though this guy is the one sometimes scare your birds away, I am HAPPY to see this brave looking handsome guy♪
    Wish you will or had a wonderful trip!
    Lots of love and hugs and Love; Miyako*

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  2. Hello Eileen. It is a awesome hawk.
    Happy New Year!

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  3. Looks like he's been having a good time preying on the backyard birds.

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  4. HAPPY NEW YEAR Eileen. Such a gorgeous looking bird. Yes he must eat like any other animal but hopefully not at your bird table!!!

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  5. Beautiful hawk. It is probably waiting for you to hang out the feeder or catch one of the birds.

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  6. Hello Eileen,
    The Cooper's Hawk is very pretty!
    I wish you a nice day and weekend!

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  7. Hello Eileen,
    Beautiful pictures of this hawk, and those made from the room, really super.
    Do you want to place my link, I can't.
    Best regards, Irma

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    1. Thanks Irma, I linked up your post. Have a happy weekend!

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  8. Good morning Eileen. It's always mixed feeling when a hawk comes to call. If it wasn't at your feeders it would be elsewhere where it would hunt just the same and out of your sight. It's the way of nature where all must eat to survive and flourish by way of a natural balance. You do right though to limit the ease with which the hawk is able to take your birds.

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    1. Hi Phil, I understand the hawk has a right to eat. I just prefer the hawk to eat in my neighbors yard rather than my yard. I am not squeemish, I just like to keep "my" yard birds safe. Thanks for the comment and visit. Enjoy your weekend.

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  9. Dearest Eileen; So sorry that I accidentally linked 2 posts. How careless of me!
    ope you had nice time with your trip.
    Love and hugs; Miyako*

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  10. Uma linda vista tiveste da tua sala de jantar! Adorei as fotos! Lindo fim de semana! beijos, chica

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  11. Hari OM
    It's fun to see these bigger birds - shame it is at the expense of the wee pretties though! You did well with a tricky photo challenge there Eileen!!! YAM xx

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    1. Hello Yam, I do enjoy seeing the Hawks. They are beautiful birds! Thanks for the comment. Have a happy day!

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  12. *wow* what a beautiful hawk and you were able to take a great picture of it through the balcony, so close!
    Have beautiful Weekend,
    Elke

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  13. A happy and healthy 2020 to you Eileen.
    I'm sure that hawk would scare smaller birds! We had a dove nesting in our lemon tree, the baby just flew out of the nest 2 or 3 days ago, and recently had a crow in the backyard peering up at the trees looking for nests! Luckily that one was well hidden.

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    1. Hello, I guess those crows ravish the nest and eggs. I am glad the dove's nest was safe. Happy New Year to you and yours! Thanks for the visit and comment.

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  14. I am always very happy to have a bird of prey visit. Some people seem quite put off if a hawk takes a songbird from their yard, somehow not wanting the hawk to secure its food, and having happily laid out the breakfast table for the raptor.

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    1. Hello, David! I do not mind the Hawk eating, I wish it would take one of the many squirrels I have in my yard. On this day, I saw the hawk before putting out the bird seed. I waited for the Hawk to leave before serving breakfast to my yard birds. Thanks for the comment, enjoy your day!

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  15. you just identified my hawks, they are just like this one.

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    1. Hello, they are beautiful hawks. Sorry, they are chasing away your songbirds. I hope your day is great!

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  16. Hawks have to eat too. I think they prefer birds to squirrels. In fact I once saw a Cooper's Hawk chase a squirrel and the squirrel actually confronted it and it gave up the chase. Happy New Year!

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    1. Hi Ken, I guess the squirrels can rest easily. They are not dinner for the Hawks. My birds seem to know when a hawk is near, they all hide until it is safe to come out. Thanks for the comment, enjoy your weekend!

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  17. It's all part of the grand design of nature, Eileen. We must observe keenly, appreciate beauty wherever it resides and be grateful for each of the pleasant hours we spend on this earth.

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    1. Hello, I do appreciate the beauty of nature! Thanks for the comment, enjoy your day!

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  18. You managed some really good shots! Awesome.

    xoxo

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  19. That cycle of life is quite amazing. Well done grabbing photos. Tricky little things they are.
    Thanks for hosting! cheers!

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  20. I watch a hawk fly overhead here. I haven’t been able to identify it yet. That one is a beautiful creature but such a threat to the small birds.

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  21. ...all of God's critters need to eat!

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  22. Great photos! We occasionally get hawks, but they don't stay around long enough for pictures.

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  23. He looks like he's keeping a keen eye on the feeders! We have so many hawks here in Florida and I'm sure they eat all kinds of things that I don't know about. We see them eat frogs sometimes at the marsh. love your photos! Enjoy your weekend!

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  24. A look of determination for sure. I hear the red tails here, but rarely get to see one up close. Happy Day.

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  25. sneaky little hawk, he is eyeing up your birdies!! the pictures are so beautiful BUT i really dislike seeing them in my yard!!

    rain and fog again today, i hope it clears up today like they are saying it will!!!

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    1. Hi Debbie, I was glad not to see the hawk grab one of my birds. I is 50° and cloudy and showers. It seems whenever we have warm temps it is cloudy and rainy. I would like to see the sunshine. Thanks and Enjoy your day!

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  26. Some critters like the Cooper's hawk know how to take advantage of feeders we put out for other critters.

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  27. I saw a hawk-like bird from quite a distance this morning. I know it was some kind of raptor because of its size and that it was perched high in a tree just surveying the territory below. If it had been in a closer tree I might have thought a crow...anyway, I'm always thrilled with animals which have skills so much better than my own. Their eyesight is amazing!

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    1. The hawks do have great eyesight! Thanks for the comment, hope your day is great.

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  28. Powerfully Elegant - Excellent Capture

    Cheers

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  29. Very creative photos of the hawk ~ ^_^

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  30. I'm always torn about the Hawk...it is a beautiful bird...but if they decide to hang out at my house, they usually start pulling my purple martin babies out of their boxes. I guess it is the cycle of life.
    Have a blessed day! I've missed linking up with you.

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  31. He is playing peek-a-boo with you, Eileen!

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  32. He is licking his lips... ;)
    What a beautiful capture!
    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend, Eileen.

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  33. Great shots Eileen, love that the hawk stayed there for a while so you could take those photos xx

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  34. I like the picture where he is looking straight ahead!!

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  35. Handsome bird and you got some good shots. I think he would be trouble if he had the chance, he has a very focussed look in his eyes.

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  36. Oh, I so love hawks...I would be thrilled to have him come and stay. And there is one in the neighborhood sometimes...

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  37. He thought you couldn't see him. LOL.

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  38. Hello Eileen,
    What a giant!!
    Then it will indeed be quiet with the smaller birds.

    Greetings, Marco

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  39. He is pretty to see but I don't think your yard birds want him in their circle...have a great week Eileen.

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  40. Great photos Eileen. I'm glad you decided to keep the post and shared. And thanks for bringing them to our attention this week, at I'd Rather B Birdin

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  41. The images look like the reflection of mirrors! Great captures on the hawk. Have a wonderful trip Eileen

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  42. Great hawk photos! Happy New Year!

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  43. He's very handsome, Eileen. I'm glad you save the post to share, too!

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  44. Enjoyed seeing your hawk through the fence. It is a beautiful bird but I understand to keep the smaller birds safe while he's visiting :) Enjoy your week Eileen.

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  45. Hi Eileen! You're right about the Hawk. I don't really like to see them either, but they're around. And as beautiful as the owls are, they also will take out the smaller birds at times too. I hate all of that, but respect the food chain, that I'm glad I'm at the top of.

    Take care, and have a good week!

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  46. Hi Eileen!

    Häromdagen när jag tittade ut såg jag sparvhöken som satt på en stolpe strax intill fågelmaten, inte en endaste lite fågel syntes till. Jag hittar ibland fjädrar på marken där höken tagit en fågel. Inte trevligt men sparvhöken lever enbart på småfåglar och lyckas den inte här så lyckas den någon annanstans, mat måste den ha.

    Ha det gott Eileen!

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  47. A few years ago, we had a hawk (I think it was a Red Tailed Hawk) that used to fly down to our picnic table and then groom himself!

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  48. He is a very handsome bird.

    All the best Jan

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