Monday, October 05, 2009

He came a knockin'

One moment I was sitting at the computer doing some work, and the next I heard a banging and a rustling in the back hall. Normally that means the chickens have gotten into the cat's food again, but this sounded a bit too rambunctious to be greedy poulty...
Isn't he regal looking? I was amazed that he flew into the back hall in the first place; I can't imagine what he was chasing...
I knew from the beak and the talons he was a raptor, but I had no idea what he could be (he was smaller than our banty rooster). It took some searching on the internet, but the views I got of his markings helped - here he is "resting" after another round of crashing into the windows -
He is a Sparrow hawk. How lucky I am to live here and be able to experience this kind of thing during my "work day"...

9 comments:

Nancy K. said...

Oh, WOW! How completely and totally awesome!!

I am so jealous...

;-)

Thanks for sharing!

Christine said...

Look at the stripes on his tale. Isn't that amazing? Birds are so beautiful.

Spring Lake Farm said...

Cool!

Dawn said...

Sparrow Hawks are beautiful animals. We have a variety of birds of prey here. Our recent visit was from a snowy white barn owl. He was so quiet. I'm very lucky all our critters are under cover!

Michelle said...

I love kestrels; they ARE beautiful! Perhaps he was chasing a mousie that ran into your housie?

thecrazysheeplady said...

Wow!

melanie said...

Michelle-
knowing how I feel about rodents, I can't believe you suggested such a thing! Ick, ick, and double ick!

Karin said...

That is so cool.
How did he get out?

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