Perils of bird feeding

I have a big bird feeding station set up under the grape arbor in the alcove on the southside of my house. I feed pretty much year round and as a result have a massive population of birds that visit throughout the seasons.

This morning I heard a boom,  followed immediately by my wife yelling for me to come look.

On the deck was this sad sight:

Now it sits in the brush pile, awaiting a critter to take it away, or this weekend’s annual burn pile cremation. I think I need to put up warning stickers in the windows. This hawk has been taking out robins in the alcove, but this morning it missed and it missed big. A shame, for it really is a magnificent bird and was very amazing to hold, still warm and pre-rigor mortis.

I’m pretty sure it is a sharp-shinned hawk.

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

2 thoughts on “Perils of bird feeding”

  1. that’s a dead sharp shinned, dude. He’ll come back to haunt you!

    signed,
    The Robins

    PS don’t forget to grab some feathers for fly tying.

  2. Shame indeed. Check featherguard.com.

    My Master Falconer Father-in- Law has a couple Peregrine Falcons outside of New Bern NC. Amazing to watch them hunt.

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