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Rest Area

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This broad-winged hawk must have needed a rest. He chose a perch on the railing of our deck to catch his breath and get his thoughts together.

I looked on the internet to identify him and then found, to my horror, that he eats all kinds of little animals, including squirrels.

Run, Lincoln! Run!

OMG! Do you see what I see on Anneli’s deck?

But I think this fellow had just eaten, judging by the bloody morsels still clinging to his beak.

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48 thoughts on “Rest Area

  1. What a view from your deck! Beautiful pictures of this hawk. Lincoln, hide quick!

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  2. Great photographs as usual, Anneli. I think there must be few things more daunting than the look in the eye of an avian predator like this guy!

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  3. What a gorgeous bird you have seen. Great photos.

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  4. It’s always special to see a hawk in the wild…especially so close. Beautiful shots!

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  5. The Hawk presiding over its territory – feeling safe and protective at the same time upon your back porch railing. Precious.

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  6. Wow- that last picture was amazing! Great post!

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  7. Wow, the photos are beautiful, Anneli! A beautiful bird, and a real survivor too with that broad diet. I noticed the morsels right away, yummy. Run, Lincoln! He’s so cute. ❤️

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  8. Beautiful photos, Anneli. The hawk had such a great perch on your deck railing. But Lincoln is a smart guy and should be okay. 🙂

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  9. How absolutely wonderful!

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  10. Wonderful captures and the hawk’s a beauty!

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    • I thought for a moment that he might have hit the window and hurt his beak, because he has ruffled feathers on his right wing, but the Captain pointed out that it was very windy and he reminded me that the merlin we had here a couple of years ago also had a bloody beak from eating a flicker the day I photographed him.

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  11. I bet Lincoln has a few tricks for avoiding the big guy.

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  12. Anneli, you seem to be always at the right place at the right time. Amusing post!

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  13. Hopefully Lincoln will stay in the wood shed and snack on all the goodies you leave him. Lots of hiding places in there. I think Lincoln is a survivor and will be fine. Hopefully the hawk will move on. As far as the tidbits sticking to his beak go, I’m going just pretend it is leftover bits of a mushy overly ripe apple. Incredibly beautiful photos!

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  14. You were so fortunate to get so close to the hawk, your shots look fantastic! I hope he doesn’t get your squirrel but I suspect there are far more squirrels around than hawks.

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    • It was pure luck. They don’t usually come sit on my deck railing! I agree there are probably more squirrels than hawks, especially this kind that is out of its normal range, but Lincoln is rather special so I hope the hawk can find lots of mice instead.

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  15. How cool to have such a majestic visitor. Run, Lincoln, run! Great photos, Anneli.

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  16. I read this excellent post yesterday and commented, but for some reason when I do so from my phone it doesn’t “take.” LOVE these photos. We have red-tailed hawks here and they are majestic and more than a little scary. One summer morning I was sitting out on the porch watching my sweet singing birds enjoy our bird feeder and suddenly this thunderous yet whispery WHOOSH passed by and a bird was caught and taken away. In the matter of an instant. Whoa. Lincoln better be fast…

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    • I know!! They’re so fast. I had a merlin park himself right by the birdfeeder for a couple of days one year. I guess he misunderstood the term “birdfeeder.” This broad-winged hawk is a first for me. He’s out of his range, which would explain why I’ve never seen one of them here. My poor little songbirds. I hope they stay safe. Hawks should only eat rats and mice. Definitely not squirrels. I’m glad you tried again with the comment problem. Not sure why it’s doing that, but these blogs are funny and finicky things.

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  17. Wonderful post. I love your view! The hawk is magnificent and I hope Lincoln is safe.

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    • I panic now if I don’t see him for a day or so, and then I’m so thankful when he shows up. The hawk came back a couple of days ago and I was really worried about Lincoln, but I’ve moved his jars of sunflower seeds and walnut pieces farther back into the woodshed where he should be less exposed when he’s eating.

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