Sunday, 31 March 2013


Strange noises are strange in order to attract our attention.  We heard a loud THUD just a few minutes ago and ran to the window. We were not disappointed.  There was a dove lying on the ground blinking its eyes but otherwise not moving.  Even his eyes stopped moving and there was a bird sized pool of blood under it's head.

Carefully looking about there was a Cooper's Hawk just a few feet above it.  It had obviously stopped short of following the dove into the window; those are pretty quick reflexes.  My daughter came through the back door and scared him away.  BUT we were patient, figuring that he wouldn't leave such a fresh tasty morsel go to waste.
He moved from the deck...

to the apple tree...

to within striking distance of his Easter lunch.

Anticipating his next move I put the camera onto the video setting...


  1. I was relieved to see the hawk fly off. Poor little dove.

  2. At least the dove was dead before a terrifying flight in the grip of talons.

  3. this is so strikingly similar to our recent experience (pun intended!)... did you read mine?
    it makes me sad for the dove... but then i can't help it, i'm in love at the same time... that hawk really is BEAUTIFUL!

  4. I'm glad I'm not the only one who gasps when these kind of things happen!