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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Hiding in Plain Sight ?

That’s what the Frog & PenguINN backyard songbirds seem to be sharpshin hawk  facedoing, despite repeated sightings of a predator. Yesterday’s post showed images of the sharp-shinned hawk that’s taken up residence in this area. And, it’s NOT looking for a home, but is  looking for a meal.

That’s why our feeders were not filled today in hopes the songbirds would not come around. Also, rain was forecast so a refill would get rather soggy. Nonetheless, THIS was what I saw outside our kitchen window in the crepe myrtle  early this afternoon.

A treeful of female cardinals. None of these images have been altered, and the cardinals tend to blend in among the branches, but I counted at least 6 females . . .female cardinals in treeNot to be outdone, a treeful of male cardinals then appeared. Again, no alterations to these images; however, the male cardinals bright coloration makes them easier to spot . . .male cardinals in treeWhile I was shooting these images, I saw was a rush of feathers. You guessed it, the hawk made a fly-by. The birds quickly dispersed. but soon were back again . . .hiding at feederSeems that Grenville and I are more worried about their safety.

5 comments:

A Quiet Corner said...

Oh watch out for that Hawk and for Cooper's...they snatch birds here all the time! Come out of nowhere so fast with such agility and all that's left are a few feathers!!!...:)JP

Daisy said...

Oh dear. It would make me very sad if I witnessed one of the cardinals getting caught up by the hawk even though I know it is just nature's way. I hope the hawk moves on to another location soon.

Elaine said...

Interesting to see all the cardinals waiting in the trees until the coast was clear. For the birds that's all part of life. In the wintertime they have to eat a lot to keep going, so that's their primary motivator. We tend to give human emotions to birds and animals, and the reality is they don't perceive things like we do.

Anvilcloud said...

That must have been so nice. They are such beautiful birds.

Arija said...

What to do? You feed the little birds because they are hungry and you are caring but, although it seems that you are turning on a fast food take-away for the hawk, he too needs to survive to keep up the balance of nature, no matter how gruesome that may appear to us.

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