July 9th, 2012
What's Lurking in That Tree?
Posted by Francesca
On Friday, I blogged about how I drove the Kawasaki around the farm checking on all of the sprinklers watering the gardens. After my inspection, I continued my drive when I spotted something quite large lurking in a tree. I was rather surprised by what I found.
1 Now that I've finished my sprinkler inspection, I suppose I should return the Kawasaki and go back the house. I wouldn't want anyone to worry about where I might be.
2 Wait a minute, something is rustling in that tree, and it looks too big to be a squirrel!
3 Well, judging from its size, it appears to be an immature red-tailed hawk!
4 These amazing birds are skillful hunters, preying on small animals, like squirrels, chipmunks, and rodents.
5 They're very intelligent and are easily trained, making them a favorite for falconry. Falconry is the hunting of wild quarry in its natural state and habitat by means of a trained bird of prey.
6 I wonder what this hawk is doing sitting in this tree? Perhaps he's chasing a squirrel? That would be encroachment on my turf!
7 Oh good! He's gone. I better get back to the house and make sure the new kittens are safe inside!
8 Oh dear, I see some large birds running around! I hope the chickens didn't get out!
9 Those are no chickens - they're wild turkeys! When most Americans think of turkey, they think of Thanksgiving, but these game birds were hunted year round by Native Americans.
10 I read that they ate their eggs as well as their meat, drying extra meat for jerky to eat during the winter. They used the feathers in rituals and in their headgear. Such resourceful people!
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