Monday, November 2, 2009

Lunch

So I get this phone call from my mom..
"Don't let the chickens out, your father saw the hawk."

Next thing I know...
Dad is at the back door whispering.. "Come here..."

Sure enough, perched in the tree next to the garage..
Mr. Hawk - heavily eyeing up the coop for lunch-du-jour.

When he saw us watching him, looks could kill. No chicken salad for you today mister. I am leaving the ladies in! I think he is a Sharp-Shinned Hawk? He took off shortly after he learned his lunch plans were spoiled.

21 comments:

5orangepotatoes said...

Gorgeous, especially against that crisp Autumn blue sky!

lisa

dmoms said...

oh, my he looks scary : ) and my chickens are out at this very moment!

Michelle said...

What amazing pictures! The hawk is one of my favorite birds...they are so beautiful. Glad you all were on the lookout!

The Cottage Comtesse said...

What's with the hawks today? I just saw one hanging out in my back yard near the coop! While we have hawks in the area, seldom do I actually see them IN my yard!

Bloom fine art fotografi said...

...if looks could kill.

That is a beautiful bird...so wild looking. We have them all over here.
So glad you brought the ladies in.

I could give mr. Hawk my leftover pb&j sandwich from lunch, probably not what "monsieur" was looking for.

Leslie said...

Beautiful creature. I always have mixed feelings when our local Cooper's Hawk gets one of the birds at our feeders. Why does he have to eat "my" birds?

Thanks for visiting my blog over the weekend. Hope you had a Happy Halloween!

Cliff W said...

Gosh - what great photos! A natural born killer...

The Violet Fern said...

Really cool! Glad those chickens were safe and sound. The Sharp Shinned Hawk and Cooper's Hawk can be tricky to ID ... You might find this link helpful next time you see your hawk: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/AboutBirdsandFeeding/accipiterIDtable.htm. BUT I would say it is the Cooper's (larger) that would be interested in a chicken. Enjoyed your post!

deb said...

These are awesome pictures! Mr. Hawk does look very serious about his dinner plans too.

gardenmama said...

Great photos!
Yikes, yes he certainly was giving you quite the look there!
I can imagine the ladies all let out a deep sigh of relief after he left!

Amy H said...

glad you saved the girls, but don't you just think nature is amazing?? Love that photo.

Nancy said...

Well, your girls are safe. Mr. Hawk is gonna have to go hungry. I'm amazed at what those hawks can carry in their talons. Driving home one day last week a hawk was flying low in the roadside ditch ~ he was carrying a squirrel. Couldn't believe my eyes.

Sarah / Bee House Hives said...

Leigh,
We had a hawk come down and pick up one of our hens last spring. We all watched it from the kitchen window and then I of course ran out the door and chased it until it dropped the hen.
It could hardly fly. It was quite a sight.. me in my apron running across the field after a hawk, the kids crying... life in the farm.

June said...

He is stately -- even if his mission is dastardly.

Glad you kept the hens in!

farmama said...

Beautiful photos! I can relate to the hawk verses chicken thing! When we ere building our greenhouse a hawk swooped down (like 10 feet from us!) grabbed a chicken a started to fly off! He dropped the chicken and she was unharmed but geesh!!
I hope you are well!
love,sara

Lynn said...

Yowzer. Nice picture of the hawk. He's a big one! This morning my husband found a Great Blue Heron eyeing the large koi and goldfish in our backyard pond. These birds are getting hungry; or maybe just greedy ;) I'm glad your chickens are safe.

MoninchenR said...

What a look?! Born killer.
Great story, I had a laugh! Nice to meet you. Stop by me more often:)

underthebigbluesky said...

What are parents for? This exactly.

Glad your girls are safe, and boy, he's gorgeous.

Great pics!

kDilley said...

What a beautiful hawk!

Kelly said...

You managed to get some great shots, that bird certainly was giving you the look!

Jessica said...

That is a beautiful hawk. Glad he wasn't able to get any of your ladies. Most of our hawks must have other things on the menu than chickens because they have not been a problem so far.