September 2, 2006

The hawk.

Blogging about that heron -- not a crane, I'm told, but a great blue heron -- I glanced up from my computer and saw a hawk in the oak tree. I couldn't get a good shot of it, but then I looked up again and saw it sitting on the railing of the deck:

Hawk

That's the best of the three shots I took through the window, and then it took off in a blur:

Hawk

19 comments:

stephenb said...

Come on, Ann. We're dying for another podcast out here.

Bissage said...

Looks like it’s time for an offering to the hawk god.

Might I suggest this tasty treat?

After all, it is "hawker fare (street food)."

john(lesser) said...

IANAE, not even an amateur really, but a quick search suggests it is either a red tailed hawk or a broad winged hawk. Those might be the most common birds in your area that look like that.

MadisonMan said...

Where's an albino squirrel when you need one?

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JohnF said...

Re: Hawk. By any chance do your nail polished toes look like bloody worms?

Mark the Pundit said...

You are being watched like a hawk...

...by a hawk!

Mickey said...

blur is cool

Davos said...

On Location with Ann Althouse. This blog is getting a bit like Rick Lee's place.

Rick Lee said...

Thanks for the mention Davos. That gives me an excuse to link to my hawk shots from last year.

rightwingprof said...

Southern Indiana is full of hawks, hawks circling over the highways, hawks everywhere. One of the things about Pennsylvania now that we've moved here is that you never see hawks. I'm not at all sure why.

Ron said...

Is this a symbol of some future conflict with Iowa? Perhaps their department chair will be offered you...

Ragnell said...

That bird is too small for a red tailed hawk. I had one visting my yard and that breed is very large. It might be a peregrine hawk, which is a small variety.

Ann Althouse said...

I'm not sure if you can tell the scale of the bird from the picture, but someone told me they thought it was a juvenile red-tailed hawk.

Seven Years of College Down the Drain said...

Juvenile? Hardly. Where's its little leather jacket? All the wild turkeys out here in South Shore MA have 'em.

American Kestrel said...

Definitely not a peregrine--the eyes would be golden. Too small for an adult red-tail, and not mottled enough for an adolescent red-tail. Probably either a Coopers (my opinion) or a sharp-shinned (legs not long enough, I think)

Truly said...

Awesome! Maybe it will eat your neighbor's cat!

You're really living in the Wild Kingdom out there. Who knew?

Ragnell said...

The red tailed hawk visiting my birdfeeder was so large that its tail almost reached the ground. The feeder was located three feet above the ground. I was fascinated at its size.

By the way, if hawks are hanging around your birdfeeders, they are eating more than seeds. I realized that my birdfeeders provided a regular bird buffet for the hawk and its mate.

knoxgirl said...

that second shot is wild!