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.

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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.

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.

Wait a minute, something is rustling in that tree, and it looks too big to be a squirrel!

2 Wait a minute, something is rustling in that tree, and it looks too big to be a squirrel!

Well, judging from its size, it appears to be an immature red-tailed hawk!

3 Well, judging from its size, it appears to be an immature red-tailed hawk!

These amazing birds are skillful hunters, preying on small animals, like squirrels, chipmunks, and rodents.

4 These amazing birds are skillful hunters, preying on small animals, like squirrels, chipmunks, and rodents.

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.

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.

I wonder what this hawk is doing sitting in this tree?  Perhaps he's chasing a squirrel?  That would be encroachment on my turf!

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!

Oh good!  He's gone.  I better get back to the house and make sure the new kittens are safe inside!

7 Oh good! He's gone. I better get back to the house and make sure the new kittens are safe inside!

Oh dear, I see some large birds running around!  I hope the chickens didn't get out!

8 Oh dear, I see some large birds running around! I hope the chickens didn't get out!

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.

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.

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!

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!

Comments (13)

  • Hello there,
    Wow!!! That was a great shot of the hawk. Beautiful.
    Not only does Martha have all kinds of plants and trees on her propert, she also has an array of wild birds. Thank you for showing us some of the wildlife that is venturing around on the farm.
    I will check in later to see how everyone is doing
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Good Morning F & S

    Those hawks can be scary! When I was a pup mom had to watch that they didn't swoop down and carry me off. Oh and the noise they make it sounds like they are screaming!!

    Are those wild turkeys ugly or what? They come around our house all the time. And it's not just one or two they come in crowds and POOP all over the place. I wish mom would let me out front so I could chase them down the street. Sometimes mom can't back out of the driveway because they take their good old time walking down the street. We never had these birds before where did they all come from? Maybe I should pretend I'm a Native American and hunt a few ;)

    Well our house is back to normal, all the flags and decorations are put away - 4th of July is over. It seemed like we had non stop guests over and with the heat wave everyone wanted to take a swim. I didn't mind I love having the kids over :)

    Dad got some bad news last week he needs surgery. His carotid artery is blocked and the doctors need to go in and clean it out - mom is a wreck. We'll find out this week when he is having it done. I'll have to practice up on my nursing skills so I can take good care of him :)

    Zoe

  • Hey peeps, where is everyone? Zoe, you didn't post on Friday. Did you get a time out? Chloe, did you become a lurker? Cora-Belle, did you enjoy your river over the weekend? Kirby, Kitty and Delia, did you get thunderstorms? We did. Lynn, I am glad High Park is 100% contained. Great news. Missy Chow, you are probably going for a routine visit to your vet. Dudley, you are finally getting summer? In the 70's and 80's? Lucky you. Enjoy that weather my friend. Abby and Rebel, your moon is not real bright orange from the fires. That is from Basil. He knows Lynn is working on Christmas cards so he decided he wanted to be a part of it and he went and colored the moon orange, him and all of our other friends that are at the bridge. How about that? Well, it is nice and cool this morning so you know I am headed for the deck. Wake up and report in Glue Squad, wake up.
    Maddox

  • I love those Red Tail Hawks, although Kitty is leery of them since one sat on the roof of the house "hawing stalking" her, she saw me and ran to me, like save me mommie delia! I took video and photos of the hawks stalking her.

    We finally have relief in the weather, I never thought I'd say this, but I welcome 80 degrees. ;-)
    Saw our grandcat Kyle this weekend, he is a Himalayan and he had a Lion cut doo...I never laughed so much, poor Kyle hides from everyone from embarrassment.

    Hubby and I getting ready to go to a meeting with GM this morning, they are about to tell us they will not be paying our retirement anymore as promised... :-( :-

    Hope all is well with our Glue Squad friends

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hello Franny,
    That baby hawk is very cute, and the close up photo, you are so lucky to get. I am glad you were in the Kawasaki however and protected. Even as a full grown Basil Boy, one of the hawks tried to swoop during the middle of the day, when I was very close. After that I wanted to get one of those fog horns to scare them. Zoe, I am so sorry about Dad and the upcoming surgery, but will keep him in my prayers. You have lots of "cc" time coming. And dear, dear, Maddox, you always know the right thing to say. Knowing Basil is watching me make this year's Christmas card selection is special, as he was always by my side in the studio. Maddox, you assured me he still is by my side. We are off to Rifle, Colorado (about 3 hrs away) for today and tomorrow to visit my friend since kindergarten. Will check back Wednesday. Stay safe and cool.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Morning Frannie!
    Great bird watching! There is a young cardinal that comes to my backdoor by the bird feeder. There is 2 baby red-wing blackbirds, too. Some of my ducklings have flown the coop. I only have one Mama with 3 little ones. I thing they'll be gone soon, too. The big Canadian geese poop all over here. We finally got some rain on Sunday! The farmers are looking for some more, please.
    I should have known our Warrior Prince Basil may have colored the moon.
    Til tomorrow.
    Your pal,
    Rebel
    PS to Zoe. Just be the best you can be this week. Sit still when your Dad wants company and you'll help him heal up lickecty split.

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    The weekend is over and we had no rain; just heat. There is a hawk living close to me. I see him all the time. When he is near, some of the birds hide on my back porch from him. They keep real quiet until he is gone. If he catches some of those mice in my neighbors yard, I’ll be glad. Yep, I’ve got the neighbor from ****. The father keeps bringing things home and piles them up in his back yard. Now what does one need with twelve worn out tires? I guess he will use them on his worn out car; it’s French and about 15 years old. Oh well, it keeps the hawk busy. Hehehehehe
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi F, S,&GK+ Glue Squad, How fun to see you checking out more of the farm again, Franny and you are so thoughtful about everyone you think about and protect! We have some hawks and eagles flying over our area and they are always followed by the big crows who try to get rid of them. They never come down in my yard, but fly over Puget Sound a lot. Fun to see those turkeys, too and we never have any of them around here. Maddox, we have had nice weather since the 4th until we got a thunder storm last night after midnight and it kind of scared me and I woke Mom up-no fun! Zoe, my prayers are with your Dad for his surgery-hope he is OK soon! Delia and Kitty, hope all is going well there and sure hope you and hubby do get your retirement money like you are supposed to! Lynn, hope you have fun in Rifle, Colorado and hope all of those fires are gone! Rebel, you sure have some interesting birds where you live! Do you have any hummingbirds? We have lots of them! Sure hope all of you have a great day and will check back later to hear from the rest of you buddies! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hi Raven baby. It's so good to see you feeling well enough to have the interesting adventures you've been having. That hawk was really impressive. We have seen big hawk-like birds across the street in our park, but no one here is quite knowledgeable enough to know what kind of hawk it is. It always makes me a little nervous-- not for me, I'm a nice solid girl, but for my older sister Demi, who is very light. Well, Mom has to go water the plants because it hasn't rained here in weeks and weeks. Maybe I will catch a bit of the elusive Water Monster.

  • Watch yourself out there Franny, don't want that hawk to get curious about you out there. Zoe, I'm saying prayers for your Dad that his surgery will go well. I'm sure that you, Precious, Sophie, and T-Bone will keep him company and help him feel better. Snuggle your Mom too, she needs it too.

    Good ol' Ambassador Warrior Prince Basil. He's always adding touches of himself here and there just to remind us that he will always be with us. Thank you Maddox. Hope the broiling hot weather is calming down for everyone. Delia I hope that GM comes through and honors their commitment. Have a great day everyone! :smile:

  • Holy Red Tailed Hawks Batman!

    There was a lot of commotion on the farm Miss Franny!

    Sometimes I see wild turkeys roam the streets. I think they are checking the calendar to make sure it's not to close to November! :)

    Weather has cooled down a bit in NH. Less humidity, which is nice.

    How are the new kittens doing? What about the new critters in the corn crib?

    Happy Monday!
    gail

  • Hi Girls & Glue Squad, Franny, you are really on top of things, making sure every thing is okay on the farm. Drive carefully going back to the house and be careful, seeing that your co-pilots were not too interested in joining you on this trip.

    The weather has broken a little, less humidity and temperatures in the 80's this week. A good week for anyone who is on vacation, perfect beach weather.

    Zoe, you take care of dad and we will be thinking of him. Kirby Bear, you are funny - we have a neighbor too and I don't know what it is, but they keep an old car under the tarp, and very rarely starts it or moves it. What's up with that, GET RID OF IT!!! Delia, good luck with your meeting; Lynn, have a good time with your friends.

    Till next time,

    Missy Chow
    xoxo

    It was fun having Mom home a couple of extra days and we had some c/c time too. I even shared my "fan" space with her, even though the a/c felt just as nice.

  • Hi everybody.. we have red-tail hawks here..just let one try and get me..also a couple of resident eagles..no turkeys..unless you count Lucinda and James!hehehehe!..Zoe, your dad will be like new after his surgery, you will be a fine nurse...Delia, good luck at the meeting..it is a disgrace how companies back out of promises..but yet the CEOs come out fine..we are keeping our fingers crossed for you...Lucinda just came home with a truckful of groceries..nashing her teeth about how expensive everything is..so I bettter check all the sacks for goodies...talk to you wild glue squaders tomarrow, over and out, your pal Cora-Belle

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