Monday, June 25, 2012

A new post on two consecutive days!

I know, right? You can thank the wildlife, because it's the only exciting thing that happens here.

Yesterday just before we were leaving for the evening service at church, Elijah looked out the back window and saw a hawk swoop down and land in the brush at the edge of the woods.

It was hard to tell what kind of hawk it was since most of it was hidden by the brush.

We figured it was after a mouse or rabbit or something.

Then we got to see a little more of it and decided it was either a Cooper's Hawk or a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Based on the rounded tail you can see below, we think it's a Cooper's Hawk, which is more rare.

But then in this next photo, the tail looks more square, which would mean it's a Sharp-shinned Hawk. But it was much bigger than the 10-14 inches the book says those are, so we're back to thinking it's a Cooper's and I'm just a lousy photographer.

In the end it looks like it was a she, and she was gathering sticks for a nest. Did you learn something today? I did.

Be thankful ~

1 comment:

NaomiG said...

Very cool!! I'm so impressed with your pictures, I can never get good bird shots. I'm pretty bummed out about missing a bald eagle that was yoinking a fish out the puget sound a few weekends back. :-) Therefore I'm feeling very bitter at the relationship (or lack thereof) between my camera and birds. :-)