That’s one of my favorite sayings. I say it about all kinds of food and beverages all the time, jokingly. Now that I have your attention, I’d like to tell you about a visitor we had two winters ago.
Here’s the scene…There was a crazy mix of snow/sleet/freezing rain going on outside on this particular day. The roads were slick, and I had no reason to go out, so I was just hanging out around the house watching it snow. I am not a big fan of winter or snow, but I really love to watch the snow fall. It’s very peaceful to me. So, I wander around the house from window to window, looking out to see the snow or whatever may be falling, and debating whether or not I should go out and do something with the driveway, or let it finish and then deal with it.
So, this lap brings me to the kitchen window. As I look out, it looks just like the other 400 times I have looked out. Wait. What the…? What is that in the tree? Well, it’s a Red-tailed Hawk, and he’s eating something while being pelted by sleet. WOW! I have never seen anything like this before. So, I grab the camera and go out on the front porch, under the overhang, to take some pics. I was looking through the zoom lens when I realized what he was eating. It was another bird. There were two legs, and only a little bird left. I really had never seen anything like this before. Cannibal, I thought.
So, I am watching, and he drops what he is eating. I can’t see anymore. The car is in the way. I grabbed the tripod and put on my shoes. I had to get better pictures. Standing in the middle of the driveway, about 15 feet away from the hawk, I am ready for a dive if this guy gets mad and tries to attack me. He never flinched. Just kept on chewing on his dinner. I went back in after a few minutes because the camera was getting soaked, and it’s my baby. I couldn’t live without it.
Here are the pics I got that day. Have you seen any hawks in the area? I saw one today on my way to Delmar. Share your experiences.