Monday, September 7, 2009

HAWKEYE


When we were home in August, we saw that the developer below us had put in the promised "cross-fences" behind our fence to prevent people from walking along the cliff edge. Our neighborhood hawk was glad to have them put up, because he couldn't sit on our fence like he used to. Now he had a much better seat. I think if you click on the picture it will make it bigger and you can see him better.

He sits there quite often every morning for a long time watching, I think, for his breakfast. One day I had come home from shopping and had been talking to my daughter on my cell phone (using my bluetooth of course). I continued to sit in the car while I talked to her, under the portico (circular covered drive-way). All of a sudden I realized that the hawk was in the pine tree just a few steps in front of me. I wondered what he would do if I got out of the car, so I got out cautiously and carefully walked over to the tree. I stood right in front of the tree "eye-to-eye" looking at him. I could have reached out and touched him, but I didn't. It was cool. He just sat there. I looked at him for a bit and then walked away. As soon as I walked off, he flew away. He is just one of our "critters" we have around our house. We live in a semi-rural area nestled in amongst a neighborhood in our city. Our house sits on a cliff overlooking the city. Here are a few more of our "critters": Quail (many), Rabbits (too many), Roadrunner, Bull snake, Rock squirrel, Owl, lizards, toads, dove and other birds, humingbirds (am I missing any?). We did have a gopher, but our neighbor got the Critter Control guy to come out and poison him. :0+

10 comments:

Delirious said...

I love quail! I would love to see your view. I need to come visit you some time. I've never been to that house before. Maybe after you come home I'll plan a trip. :)

keira said...

Don't forget the coyotes...and the bees ;o)

Nene said...

I knew I was missing some! How could I forget the coyotes! I'd like to forget the bees, and hopefully they are gone again.

Lindsay-Weaver said...

We have lots of hawks near our house, too. They're always perching on trees watching the fields. It's cool. Much cooler than a cat, huh? lol

Amber said...

you forgot the mice :+ LOL and I'm so glad I've never seen the bull snake!

Nene said...

Amber, I'm TRYING to forget the mice!

Inklings said...

Maybe the bull snake will take care of them. You live in a beautiful spot! In both countries. :0)

Sometimes I miss living in Flaming Gorge with the elk, deer, moose, bears, antelope, coyotes, osprey, eagles, hawks, Kokanee salmon, etc. (I am missing a lot of smaller animals, I know)

Dee Ice Hole said...

I love your Hawk - we had an American Kestrel that used my bird feeder in the back yard for his hunting grounds back when i was doing a good job of keeping the birds fed. I loved it when he made the dive and took one of the birds off the side of the feeder. Sorry but i did love to watch him pick up his lunch.

Bullet for Babs said...

We might have a woodpecker now. I could have sworn I heard a woodpecker last night when I was trying to go to sleep.

Nene said...

Actually, you're right. I know I've heard one too.