Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Bird of prey...

Check out this shot my wife took this morning. We have a screened in patio (known as a "sunroom" in most of the U.S.) and about 7:30 this morning our girls heard a loud noise in there. Our 4 year old then informed my wife that "there's a big bird in the playroom!" A hawk had crashed through one of the screen panels and was sitting in the patio. While our 9 year old looked up which kind of hawk it was, my wife attempted to snap a few pics. The Coopers Hawk (according to my 9 year old) was a juvenile and, as expected, got quite agitated whenever any of the three got near it. It was evidently having a difficult time finding its way back out of the patio. Animal Control said to wait a while and see if it would fly out on its own which, after the sun broke through the clouds, it did. Needless to say, it was an event that gave spark to a writing assignment for the afternoon session of school.

6 comments:

Bonnie said...

Cool! Nothing like a "teachable moment" :-) One of the beauties of homeschooling.

welcometotheplanet said...

nothing like birds of prey flying into your house. Yikes! Random Story about a bird: This one time my friend had a pet bird, and his living room had that 70's woods mural wallpaper. The bird kept flying into the walls thinking he was going into the woods.

Anonymous said...

A hawk once swooped down at my friend’s dachshund. Needless to say, Mr. Pickles doesn’t realize he’s living on borrowed time.
Rusty that's a great story and picture.

-Dogman
www.theroughwoodsman.com

welcometotheplanet said...

any dog named "mr pickles" will always be living on borrowed time

Rusty said...

LOL! Dave

Grumpy Old Man said...

Wonderful picture of a hawk.

We have a sharp-shinned hawk's nest in the eucalyptus tree outside our house. Every spring the fledglings decorate our cars, which we park outside because the garage is full of superfluous possessions. We don't love the decorations, but it's a wonder to me, a Manhattan boy, to live under a hawk's nest!