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Old 01-17-2009, 10:04 AM   #11
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That's a great picture! Some years ago, I heard an awful "screaming" noise in the back yard, and when I looked, there was a hawk having a Starling snack. It was pretty awful, yet fascinating at the same time and I couldn't help but watch. He ended up flying off with it, but I was just in awe, only having seen the cycle of life on TV and all.
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Old 01-17-2009, 12:23 PM   #12
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looks to me like a Sharp-shinned Hawk, and the bird it has caught is definitely a dove, probably a Mourning or White-winged--can tell by the amount of white on the feathers. yes , hawks are awesome creatures--there was one just above my birdbath a few days ago--they look so regal. linknit41
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Yeah, we were trying to figure out what kind of hawk and hubby was thinking at first Peregrine Falcon, then thought maybe a Cooper's hawk or Sharp-Shinned hawk. I've seen another (or same one?) about a year or 2 ago, up in our neighbors tree...I did get a few pics but they really didn't turn out too well.

It was an awesome sight...I've seen lots of hawks flying around out here, but, to see the hawk, in the middle of the street, with its prey no less was an amazing sight!
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Old 01-18-2009, 09:24 AM   #14
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I didn't keep the pic open "long enough" to identify the hawk...but he/she is dining on a Morning Dove...I see this "carnage" constantly in my back yard....Morning Doves are very slow movers (not sure why) but "they" get picked off all the time around this neck of the woods!!!!
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That is just amazing. It does look like a dove or a pigeon.
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Great picture! Ain't nature grand?

We have this flock of migrating birds called swifts in Portland. In the fall, on thier way south, they make a pit stop in an old chimney that is no longer used. People gather at sunset to watch. Its quite the show. FOlks bring blankets, wine & cheese. THe swifts go into the chimney in a whirling motion thats really pretty but then some hawks soop down and catcha few unsuspecting swifts and the crowd goes wild. There's both boos and yeahs.

Portland OR is such a cool town
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Originally Posted by feministmama View Post
Great picture! Ain't nature grand?

We have this flock of migrating birds called swifts in Portland. In the fall, on thier way south, they make a pit stop in an old chimney that is no longer used. People gather at sunset to watch. Its quite the show. FOlks bring blankets, wine & cheese. THe swifts go into the chimney in a whirling motion thats really pretty but then some hawks soop down and catcha few unsuspecting swifts and the crowd goes wild. There's both boos and yeahs.

Portland OR is such a cool town
Yea, birds are amazing creatures, right now (in our coldest weather/snow) I make sure I put out lot of seed/suet...I get the most beautiful cardinals, blue jays, juncos, several different species of sparrows and woodpeckers..but I just cringe when a few hawks come sweeping down and grab up a few of these non-suspecting creatures...I refuse to "watch" but see the "aftermath" of feathers later...Oh yea, and I do get some amazing "Great Horned Owl" hoots very late late night
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Yeah, every now and again, we hear a Barred Owl in the wooded area behind our house. It was really neat because one year, I think 2006 maybe, just before Halloween, I heard it just hootin' away and wanted to try to identify the owl by the call it made. I searched all sorts of sites with WAV files and listened through a ton when I came upon the call of a Barred Owl. I opened up my window upstairs that faces the back of the house, turned up the volume and played the WAV file a few times...The owl actually responded! It was the coolest thing! Now the owl (if it's the same one) comes around sporadically, but when it does, I just love to listen to it. I just wish I could get a pic, but, there are so many trees behind our house and I usually don't hear the owl until at least midnight, usually later.
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Linknit41 hit it on the head--sharpshin with dove dinner.

Sharpshins are very nimble in flight; the long tail and narro pointed wings give them a great deal of maneuverability. There was a pair nesting behind my house last year...one of the adults was carrying a rat home to the kids, shot into the trees, weaving in and out of the trunks with ease; its coloring made it practically vanish among the branches and trunks.
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Hey, great shot!

While I was on campus last semester, a hawk had caught a squirrel (I think it was a hawk) and a bunch of people were standing around taking pictures of it while it ate!
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