Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Trials of Life...In My Front Yard


I so wish I had a good pic for you but it was dark this morning and the Crackberry just was not cutting it. I think this may have been what I saw (I had a pic here but the site decided I could not use it eventhough it was probably the most traffic they'd in ages) but it seemed larger to me. I may have to keep looking. The other possibility was a juvenile bald eagle.


So, I am getting ready to leave this morning when I happen to look out the front window of the house. Through the sheers, it looked like a large-ish bag or medium sized dog was in the front yard. I went to the window for a closer look. There was HUGE bird sitting next to the oak tree in the yard and a squirrel seemed to be yelling at him. At first, I thought that it was injured, because it was just standing/sitting there. Then...I saw it. He/She had a smaller squirrel in it's talons (yes talons, I am telling you this thing was big). The my heart hurt a little because the squirrel was probably a young one and the squirrel in the tree was upset at the killing of possibly it's kin (I really don't know if squirrels rally around another that falls victim to a predator, I am just describing what I saw).

Anyway, after about a couple minutes, it flew off to another tree to have it's meal. I know, it's nature and all and I am an omnivore and it shouldn't bother me but it did but I also loved the majesty of the bird. It actually scared me a little with it's glare and ability to take down it's own food not to mention that it was the size of a small to medium dog. I do remember a large bird hanging out in the trees at the end of our street and many birds to return to the same areas so maybe it is the same one that I have seen in the past. This also may be the reason that the rabbits have not been hanging around as much.

23 comments:

Brian in Mpls said...

One of the worse stories of my life was sitting on a deck with my little cousins and watching a hawk take off with a little barn kitty talk about being devastated

HappyHourSue said...

Yikes- keep the kids inside!!!!

Rhea said...

If I was a rabbit (or a squirrel or a small dog or cat), I'd run from that big bird too. Yikes.

Very majestic though, like you said. Wow. There's something amazing and yet sad about the cycle of life.

Capricorn said...

squirrel: your on my branch, are you fuckin kidding me!

leezee52 said...

It's so sad :(

Kat said...

Having lived in house "infested" with squirrels, say thank you to the bird gods. You cannot get those suckers out. And then they eat your insulation; your metal pipes; your wiring. Bad, bad news.

So, when we bought this house, you don't know how THRILLED I was to find not only hawks in the trees, but owls. In a year and a half, I think I've only seen 2 sqirrels - and we live in a VERY wooded area. I've seen lots around the neighborhood - but not in my culdesac.

And last night...the owls were in full vocals. Freakin' loud. I think I might have heard something "intimate." Shudder...

Judy Haley (coffeejitters) said...

the old circle of life can set your head spinning at times eh?

a friend of mine had their little chihuahua taken by an eagle.

Los said...

There's a hawk that hangs out in the trees on my friend's property ... he had to put fishing line across his pond, because the hawk kept swooping down and taking his koi.

Caffeine Court said...

Poor little squirrel.

We have turkey vultures in my area. They are so primative and freaky. They scare me!

Cherlyn said...

Now that I'm done giggling at J's comment...

Holy crap, that would've freakied me out.

Lindsay said...

I could've used him last Christmas when the stupid squirrels were eating my lights.

I'm always amazed when I see a huge bird of prey. They're so majestic and almost otherworldly.

Speaking of Trials of Life, I always enjoyed watching that series. David Attenborough rocks!

kccat said...

Wow, that is freaky. I hope you don't have any small animals.

I have seen one bird attack, swoop down and pick up another bird. That was freaky.

Mrs Parks said...

I feel the same way.
When Pat the cat comes across the pasture with a rat it make me a kinda sad.
I think having the visual of a vibrant (little) life becoming another critters snack is what makes the difference between sitting down to eat a chicken leg at the kitchen table and seeing a squirrel getting whacked in the front yard

EmBee said...

My daughter is totally into birds of prey... She would've LOVED to witness this as she's already gotten video of a hawk tearing into a morning dove... I know, she's not exactly a girly-girl.
:-)

Muffy Willowbrook said...

YikeS!!!

Muffy Willowbrook said...

You won't believe this, but I saw a hawk this morning in my front yard too.

Linda S said...

We get them in our back yard an they just stare at us...very scary...

Kristen Andrews said...

yikes I probably would have cried and then thrown something at him, I know it is nature but it would have killed me. My greyhound got a rabbit in the yard and I was devestated for weeks, not kidding. I have a bleeding heart for animals.

Susie Harris said...

Cant wait to see what you do with your cheese trays~

Candid Carrie said...

I hate the circle of life. I'd love to be all "hakuna matada" but I don't roll that way. Two nights ago I heard what I am guessing used to be) a cat getting killed. I didn't want to write about it over at my lilly white place so I thought I'd bloody it up over here!

No, I didn't come over here to write about it for real. But since you were on that subject any way, I couldn't exercise any self control at all. We've got coyote and fox and I don't know who is the actual murderer for sure but CSI Sheboygan is still investigating things here.

I can't wait until PETA takes the yellow caution tape away from our driveway.

Two years ago this October I pulled our first cat in from our woods, pulled off 30-some ticks, had his nuts chopped off and got him microchipped and named him Kevin. Now we have six more cats and I can't save the world.

Hakuna matada, my ass.

Asthmagirl said...

That can be really hard to watch. We've seen some hunting activities here, but never the actual eating.

Tiffany said...

I am so not a bird person. This would so freak me out.

My mother in law as a hawk that hangs around her place, and one day I was in the bathroom, heard something on the roof, looked up to see him pecking at me through the skylight...AHHHHHHHH!

Snooty Primadona said...

Okay. So, I just need to get a nice pet eagle to rid me of my squirrel problem. I've tried everything else, lol.