Thursday, January 9, 2014

"Nature, red in tooth and claw"

For over thirty minutes this morning, we watched this Cooper's Hawk (maybe I am wrong, but I think that is what it is) make some kind of small creature completely disappear from our backyard and everywhere else. Well, mostly . . . in the aftermath, Malc did spot a splotch of blood on a cluster of branches.

That vivid red was his lunch.  At first, I thought he had a Cardinal, but I can't really say what it was. Malc found no feathers, or fur . . . just that little splotch of blood.  The All About Birds website states, the Cooper's Hawk and the lookalike Sharp-shinned Hawk "are sometimes unwanted guests at bird feeders, looking for an easy meal (but not one of sunflower seeds)."

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