What to Make of a Pile of Feathers!

Posted by Sharkey

The other day, Franny and I went outside in hopes of doing a little squirrel chasing.  One of the best places to find squirrels at the farm is under the bird feeders, where there is usually a free meal waiting for them.  On that particular day, however, we came upon a sorry scene.

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Francesca and I love this area of the farm.

1 Francesca and I love this area of the farm.

We have so many pretty songbirds that come to feed here and we have so many squirrels to chase because they, too, come to eat the seeds that fall to the ground.

2 We have so many pretty songbirds that come to feed here and we have so many squirrels to chase because they, too, come to eat the seeds that fall to the ground.

Oh no, Francesca!  This pile of feathers can't be a good thing!

3 Oh no, Francesca! This pile of feathers can't be a good thing!

This is more than just one little bird molting.

4 This is more than just one little bird molting.

Horrors!  This looks more like a crime scene!

5 Horrors! This looks more like a crime scene!

Do you suppose one of our little birds has met an unfortunate end?

6 Do you suppose one of our little birds has met an unfortunate end?

Sharkey, just yesterday when I was out here, a big shadow was cast on the ground and when I looked up...

7 Sharkey, just yesterday when I was out here, a big shadow was cast on the ground and when I looked up...

I saw the gigantic four-foot wingspan of a red tailed hawk.

8 I saw the gigantic four-foot wingspan of a red tailed hawk.

Oh no, Franny!  All hawks are birds of prey and are feared by small animals because of their carnivorous cravings.  It's widely assumed that these raptors eat primarily mammals, but they consider small birds to be a succulent treat!

9 Oh no, Franny! All hawks are birds of prey and are feared by small animals because of their carnivorous cravings. It's widely assumed that these raptors eat primarily mammals, but they consider small birds to be a succulent treat!

I think we know what has happened here and I suppose we can close this unfortunate case.

10 I think we know what has happened here and I suppose we can close this unfortunate case.

Hey little birds!  Watch your backs!

11 Hey little birds! Watch your backs!

A hawk can swoop down at any time and grab you in its big sharp talons.  I'm told they can even nab you in mid-flight!  Imagine, birds eating birds!  Who can figure it?

12 A hawk can swoop down at any time and grab you in its big sharp talons. I'm told they can even nab you in mid-flight! Imagine, birds eating birds! Who can figure it?

Comments (12)

  • Hello Ladies,
    You are both super slueths. I am Sherlock Holmes...anyway at Halloween. You girls better watch out for those hawks. We have a pair every summer that nest nearby and sometimes, Mom panics and thinks they are even diving down to catch me. They eat mostly the snakes in the garden, but one did come pretty close to me, so you girls be careful.

    We had a great weekend. Weren't those football games great? Looking forward to the Super Bowl in a couple of weeks. Starting to have problems with that bladder growth. I may have to see the doctor sooner than Feb.10th Mom thinks. That was going to be re-exam and ultra sound day, but perhaps sooner is necessary.

    Any news from G.K.? I bet he and Maddox and all their friends are having a grand old reunion and fun!!! Keep up the good work G.K. We at the Daily Wag are certainly rooting for you!!!

    Have a great Monday all!!!
    Love and licks,
    Basil

  • Good morning girls,
    That is so sad, those poor little birds.
    When you see the hawk coming, start barking
    at it and maybe it will leave the birds alone.
    Did everyone enjoy football this weekend?
    I am going back to bed. I am all tired out from
    entertaining GK over the weekend. He wanted
    to explore everything. He had a good time.
    Hopefully, I will be able to get on the computer again
    in the morning
    Love you guys,
    Maddox

  • Good Morning F & S

    Poor little bird didn't stand a chance next to that big guy :( We have those hawks coming around our yard all the time and the screaming noise they make is horrible!! It reminds me of a buffet, all the little birds eating at the feeders and along comes the big guy just trying to decide who he is having for lunch.

    Well yesterday I had the day from hell. Mom and dad were asked to babysit their grandchild. She was dropped of at 1:00 and never stopped crying! She has this thing called teething going on plus a cold, I wanted to shoot myself. What happened to our relaxing Sunday afteroon watching football? Mom was a mess she never had kids, this was dad's son little girl so she had no idea what to do. Finally the parents came home and took her way. If they ever decide to do that again I'll shoot them! If a kid comes to our house they must be old enough to play with me and eat cheese curls. This one just grabbed at my ears and cried.

    I'm exhausted just thinking about it - I need a nap.

    Zoe

  • My goodness F & S, what a delightful Bird-Haven! all those feeders are just wonderful. I'm thinking the Red Tail Hawk didn't have his succulent treat right there, they normally fly away with their meal. We also have Red Tail Hawks living in the woods scouting in our backyard. I saw one of the Hawks swoop down and make a meal out of the albino chipmunk, white fur flying all over. I cried, it was such a cut little critter, being white it never had a chance. :-(
    I have a video of the Hawk watching Kitty, she was scared and I went and got her.

    Nice to know Maddox is having a great time! ;-}

    Today rain, snow and warmer weather makes for fog...oh Spring hurry up!
    delia & Kitty ~^. .^~

  • Good morning ladies,
    We too have a hawk. He prefers mourning doves. In the summer we will have a big pile of feathers. Papa says that it may seem sad but that's the way of nature. The hawk leaves Mimi's pretty songbirds alone. Maybe they're too small for him. Last winter I heard about a chihuahua that a hawk tried to carry away! YIKES! Thank goodness the little guy had on a winter coat. He only had one puncture wound...OUCH!
    We enjoyed lots of football yesterday and had a big thunderstorm last night, lots of wind & rain. Have a great day everybody!
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Now you two are doing CSI. It didn’t take you long to find the perf. Now that you have found him/her, don’t try to apprehend all by yourselves. You just may be the next victim. Let the big boy do the leg work. Oh I forgot, he is away doing a show. Now if I was there I would catch that varmint. What a bad day here. It’s foggy with mist in the air. Not a good day outside. I guess I will have to nap inside today; bummer.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., This was a fascinating, but kind of discouraging blog post today. I am so sad to see that the gigantic red tailed hawk may have eaten some of your beautiful visiting birds. Since the feathers were so close to the feeding area, could those birds have been eaten by your cats who also love to catch birds? We have those big hawks and eagles who fly over our area near Puget Sound and the big, black crows usually follow them and dive at them and make a lot of noise to chase them away. They just ignore those crows. They have never bothered me because my Mom never lets me out of her site, ever! Hey Basil, sure hope you are OK and my prayers are with you as usual! Maddox,hope you get some rest and will be happy to hear how GK did! Zoe, so sorry you had so much trouble with that baby and hope the next visit will be better! Delia, sure hope that hawk mever hurts your kittie! Rebel, sure glad that hawk didn't completely grab that Chihuahuah! Mom told me about an Eagle in Alaska who grabbed a Dachshund and she couldn't recall if got away from that eagle. I guess life has the good and the bad and I still pray that we have the good! Hope all you buddies have a great day and stay well! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • PSI: Paw Scene Investigation is back on the scene again. You may still want to tape off the area and gather some evidence for the next time the hawk comes back for an easy dinner. Now that this case is closed, you two may want to investigate the likely disappearance of the two perps - Billy Cundiff and Kyle Williams who have gone into hiding following yesterday's football games.

    Basil I'm keeping you in my thoughts that your bladder clears up. Zoe I'm glad you're feeling better but oohhh I'd be so mad if my Championship Sunday was wrecked by a crying child. Crying and tugging on your ears. Ugh. Maddox what a good Dad you are entertaining your boy G.K. :smile:

  • Hello F & S,
    I have hawks at my house to. I am just waiting for one of them to mess with me. They are always flying overhead just waiting to grab something.
    I had a great weekend playing in the snow with my sister Abbie. I was so tired by last night. During training last week Lily(the trainer) told my mom she should go to Alaska and see how Huskies really act. She told my mom I am a little spoiled and we are working dogs who pull sleds. Well, I did pull Abbie one time but that was it. It was much more fun ridng on the the sled with her. Mom took lots of pictures of me on the sled and she is going to show Lily tomorrow night. Mom is always saying I am not your normal Husky :)

    Mom did tell me Zoe was having a tough time babysitting. Mom said she was so upset and panting and running every which way. Glad Zoe made out ok and I hope she has no more babysitting jobs :)

    Have a great day everyone!!!!

    Chloe xx

  • wow..raptors..we have lots of hawks and eagles..the feral baby kitties run when they see a shadow of a eagle or hawk on the ground...Basil, buddy, hope all goes well with you..my vet visit confirmed my fears..I am almost a 100% blind..thank goodness, i have a seeing eye person..I was sick to my stomach this a.m., just nerves I hope..this geting old is not for the faint of heart..I hear rustling around in the kitchen, better go see if a treat is involved...over and out..Cora-belle p.s. wish I could have seen an albino chippie..that sounds too cool and please glue squad do not feel sorry for me as Lucinda and James will continue on with my daily routine like I can see everything..they are good people

  • Oh dear, what a gloomy discovery.

    Poor little feathered friends...

    Ask Martha to open the 'brown' room so the outside birdies can join the inside birds and all will be safe!

    gail

  • Ah, the circle of life isn't as much fun when you have to see it up close! Well, except when it's baby rabbits (yum!). Or squirrels (someday!!). Mom put a bird feeder up on our porch and she came home one day and there was a hawk (she isn't smart like you girls about birds and such so she doesn't know what kind) was sitting on the rain gutter looking in at it. If it took any away for its dinner, it did not leave any evidence behind.

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