This morning JL left for work and I tried to call him on the cell phone to remind him to take his boots. We are supposed to get 1-3 inches of the white stuff today at about the time he will be leaving to come home.
Anyway, he did not answer his phone. The odd thing is I knew I did not hear his car go. So I went flying out the door and saw JL on the ground with his camera out looking at a tree across the way.
Shocked aren’t you that he had his camera ;)
When he went outside he heard a bird calling from across the way and saw this:
As he stood there he heard something calling back to the bird seen above. JL wanted to get closer shots, so he used the great zoom on his camera and was able to get the following pictures to help us identify what we suppose is a hawk here in the middle of the city.
Check out this BIG/SHARP beak:
And man these eyes are certainly made for hunting:
Sitting and waiting for an answer from it’s bird friend:
Maybe this "little" bird will help to control the squirrel population or even the crow troubles the area is having. I just hope it stays WAY up there when we are outside.
There’s a few red-tailed hawks in NYC. They were brought in to help control the pigeons. Your bird looks like them.
Kmelion: Thanks! JL is upset that it was not the best shot. I think it was pretty good considering the lighting outside and the quick nature of it.
That may just be where the hawk came from. We have a very LARGE crow problem here. I wonder if this was one of the natural ways they were trying to help the issue. I looked online, but was not able to find anything local about it. Thanks for the information.
When I saw the first picture I thought, “So what? It’s a bird.” And then I realized that you live in The City. On the other hand we just watched a flock of over a thousand birds flying south for the winter. It is no fun when they decide to rest in your front yard. Well, our dog likes it. She thinks it is mad fun to bark at them and scare the poop out of them before they land in the yard all over again. (Picture the wedding scene from Steel Magnolias). And guess where all that poop goes? Yup, on our cars. Not big fans of birds out here in the sticks!
Actually, it sounds like you might be feeling my pain with your crow problem. Are they traveling in big groups there too? I didn’t realize that hawks eat them. Interesting.
citystreams Yes, we live in a city and you certainly do not see big birds like that often. Birds yes, specifically hawks NO! Ugh with the bird poop. We have that when the geese fly over. . . and those pesky crows. It does not make for pretty cars when you head out, that’s for sure.
We have HUGE hoards of crows that are living in several areas in our region. They are causing major problems. So far I had heard that they were trying to scare them away with distress calls on tape and other ways, but have not seen anything about hawks. It looks like hawks are another scare tactic that could be used. From what I have read they will eat rodents and birds – so crows may be one of them. This one may just be spending time here for the squirrels that are also overpopulating the area.
BTW, a flock of crows is called a murder :)