Thursday, February 12, 2009

The rest of the story...

well, I don't know the rest of the story. When my husband stepped outside this morning, this little guy was standing on the porch. The cats were standing on the porch too, looking innocent. Well as innocent as cats can look. We picked him up and looked him over and could find no injuries at all. His wings seemed to be working and we could find no puncture wounds. But something strange had to be going on for a wild hawk to let humans pick it up and check it out and then sit calmly upon my husband's hand for a picture taking session. We took him out into the woods, well away from houses and cats. After arrival there and a little more visiting he flew to the top of a nearby tree. I would like to know how and why he came to be on my porch but unless the cats tell guess we'll never know.
BTW, Happy Birthday "Rusty Shackleford" !
UPDATE:
After thought and consideration the new theory is that this fellow was swooping in to get a bird and crashed into one of my kitchen windows. He was found directly underneath a window and in close proximity to one of the many birdfeeders around my house. He had been seen swooping around before dive bombing my chickens. He's very ambitious as he is only about 1/10th the size of my chickens. I've perused the bird field guide and think he is a Sharp Shinned Hawk. Named for their long spindly legs.

10 comments:

Loralynn said...

What a gorgeous bird! Truely magnificient! You know that the American Indians believe that a Hawk stands for paying attention to something, being alert or recogonizing a need for observance. At any rate you were blessed to have been able to be so close to this lovely and hopefully he is just fine!

High Desert Diva said...

What a treat though. I hope the hawk will be ok!




Just noticed your Etsy mini and checked out your shop....yay!

Jeanne said...

How very odd...and wonderful!

Holly Hall - Sweetheartville said...

Happy Birthday to Rusty The Bird Whisperer!

mary schweitzer said...

How honored you must have felt to be able to be close to such a regal bird.
I laughed about your innocent cats! I have 40 wooded acres and 3 cats and I know what you mean.
Mary

artgirly said...

I think thats pretty magical!

yellowdog granny said...

your a good person for taking it out and letting it go free..lots of people would have kept it and tried to make a pet of it...and it is beautiful

Designs By CK said...

Popping in to say a belated HEEEEELLO!

Sorry it's been awhile since I have visited you.

Hope this note finds you well & enjoy your weekend.

Chris (-:

Karen from A`Musements said...

I SWEAR you and your family (reference Andy and the Deer story) are the ORIGINAL "Animal Whisperers".... What an incredible story, let alone get a PICTURE of it!!! Gads. Thank you so much for showing that! We have a lot of red tailed hawks that are small but mighty here, and my cats wouldn't have a thing in their minds if one got close other than to RUN!!! (I have Scaredy Cats)
xoxo
Karen

sue said...

It looks like a younger version of what is after the birds at my feeder.
If it is be prepared for it to get bigger and cause trouble with your chickens.
The pigeons are constant victims at my feeder.
It's so distressing when birds eat birds and I love them all even the predators.