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Comment by Sandra on December 23, 2011 at 2:57pm

Great stories, Lisa. I'm partial to raptors myself... recently saw a white-tailed kite - he flew directly over my head, backlit by the sun. Took my breath away!

Does anyone here go on Audubon trips?

Comment by Lisa Gibson on December 23, 2011 at 2:23pm

This is not the first time I have seen this bird (hawk) in the yard.  About two weeks ago, while drinking my coffee in bed early that morning I heard a woodpecker chattering in distress.  I looked out the blinds and a small hawk with a gray back and dark striped tail had him on the ground.  It sat for just a second and flew off the the woodpecker in its grasp.  Now, I love birds of prey and do not mind the fact they hunt birds in the yard.  Better them than the neighbors barn cats, you know.  But this little sparrow was just so frantic, and looking at me!  I am glad the hawk flew off and everyone survived. 

I do not think this was a kestrel because there was too much gray on the back and wings and the bird was too big.  But it flew off too quick for me to decide between a Coopers and a sharpshin.  I have never been really good at telling them apart, even in hand with injured ones in my work as a rehabber.  I hear kestrels next door during the winter.  There is no mistaking the killy killy killy sound they make but they don't nest this far south. (Houston) They hunt that pasture and my horse pasture as well but move on in the spring.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Comment by Paulette K Griffith on December 23, 2011 at 1:11pm

Sweet story Lisa---my husband frequently calls me a "bird mommie"---he certainly would you as well.  Nice shot of the kestrel Randy. I see them daily around my place now, not in the yard, but near the fields around me------always like to see them

Comment by Randy Anderson zn.5/Il. USA on December 23, 2011 at 1:03pm

Loved the story, Lisa. I haven't had any Hawks in the garden for awhile now, but with little dogs and cats running out every time the birds make a noise that there not use to. I'm starting to worry that they might get attacked in one there flurries outside. I did take a picture of an American Kestrel this week.Male Sparrow Hawk/American Kestrel

Comment by Judith Kennedy Arthur Zn 7, AL on December 23, 2011 at 11:27am

That is a great story, Lisa.  He will live to have a Merry Christmas because of you!

Comment by Bonnie Long/zn5/Wi. on December 23, 2011 at 11:22am

Lisa  you saved his life.  that is really cool..


Comment by Lisa Gibson on December 23, 2011 at 11:18am

Brief little adventure a few minutes ago...

I was putting up groceries and standing near the laundry room.  There is a door going to the porch at the end, with a window.  We don't use this door, but it is still there.  I heard a FRANTIC chirping and scratching at the window and looked over.  There was a little sparrow or finch of some sort desperately trying to get through the window.  This was not a little bird who flew into a window, he was sitting on the sill, fluttering.  CHIRP CHIRP CHIRP!!!!!  I thought perhaps a cat was after him so went outside.  Soon as I opened the door a small hawk, probably a Coopers or maybe a Sharpie, flew off, not 10 feet away. 

If that little sparrow wasn't going "Help me Bird Feeder Lady!  Help Me!!!!"   I don't know what...

Yeaaah...I know, anthropormorphizing...

Little bird dove into the shrubbery where it sat for about a minute before flying off.


Comment by Trudy kilgore on December 23, 2011 at 9:23am
I've enjoyed all your beautiful birds! Happy holidays to all!
Comment by Randy Anderson zn.5/Il. USA on December 22, 2011 at 10:25pm

Thanks for remembering the story that made this season so important and showing it to us, Paulette! May you all have a blessed Christmas.

Comment by Paulette K Griffith on December 22, 2011 at 6:46pm

The "reason for the season"-----Blessings to you all---have a wonderful Christmas


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