Breakfast Club

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I had a new friend show up for breakfast yesterday morning–a sharp-shinned hawk.  There he sat minute after minute, sometimes scouring the surroundings for fresh meat, other times preening and scratching.  He was oblivious to my dog and only glanced at my form in the window periodically.  So I opened the slider and stepped out.  Still he stayed on his perch.  He only flew off when I dared take a few more steps toward him.

Sharp-shinned look a lot like Cooper’s, who are my usual guests.  But I’m pretty sure I’ve ID-ed him correctly because of his skinny legs, the positon of the eye and shape of the head, his broad chest and the white on the back.  Not sure if he is young or old, but our Wednesday morning communion was fun.

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About apronheadlilly

wife and mother, musician, composer / poet, teacher, and observer of the world, flawed Christ-follower
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21 Responses to Breakfast Club

  1. Mike says:

    Next time make him a burger.

  2. reinkat says:

    I love your hawk photos. Predators are the dark side of beauty, though, aren’t they.
    It’s so much easier to admire goldfinches . . .

  3. tootlepedal says:

    I envy you your static hawks. Ours flash in and flash out again for the most part and an opportunity to take such nice pictures as yours is rare.

    • They do seem to like hanging around our fence. Usually they are intent on finding prey as they stand there, but this guy was unusual in that he looked, then scratched, then pecked and preened, then looked again. Interesting.

  4. pattisj says:

    Great shots! Not a juvenile, so who knows? Long may (s)he live.

  5. dorannrule says:

    Beautiful creature! We see hawks here but always on the winds. You are so good about getting these photos. 🙂

  6. lucywilliamspoetry says:

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  7. Stunning shots! Thanks for sharing them!

  8. johncoyote says:

    I have met a few Hawks free climbing. A powerful and beautiful bird. Thank you for the photos.

  9. Jo Ann says:

    Sharp-shins are pretty daring. I’ve had them perch in a tree just a few feet from the house, trying to get birds at the suet feeder. Great close-up shots.

  10. I like the one of it looking up. It almost seems innocent, huh? I was a little miffed at one of our accipitors last week. It took a Junco… with all those HOSP sitting around quite plump. I got over it in a couple hours.

  11. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    Enjoyed this post much, ApronheadLily 🙂

    The hawk (I don’t know how people know the names of birds etc! I see it in so many posts…) is just so simply beautiful.

    The word ‘fingering’, it is like a finger goes into your brain and draws your attention. Great choice of word, poetry. Love your background too. Sigh, clear beautiful skies.

    • Thanks for such a kind comment. When the hawks first started coming, I researched in my bird book and on-line, but I had difficulty figuring out which it was. Coopers Hawks and Sharp-shinned look so much alike. A local friend helped with the ID on Coopers. This one has some distinguishing marks, so I was excited to finally see one of the faux Coopers. 🙂

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