The Broken Barn Flower Farm is an integral part of Broken Barn Industries' world class joy delivery system. Join us on a seasonal journey of hard work, pain, and sweaty misery. All beauty, all the time on a real life flower farm. These are dispatches from Zone 5.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
I was telling someone (CG, maybe) about getting a shot of a Cooper's hawk killing a sparrow from my window last winter. Didn't post it because I hardly blog during depths of hell season winter. Here ya go:
Cooper's hawk (possibly sharp-shinned hawk), dead sparrow
Dead bird remains in center, wing prints in the snow
I had just scattered seed on top of the snow the day before for the ground feeders. Right after I did it, I had a passing thought: "Oooh. I think I just set up a raptor feeding station!" Sure enough, the following morning as I was passing through the living room, something FAST shot by. I ran to the office window in time to see the hawk crushing the bird in its talons. I was able to get two shots, shaking with excitement the whole time, before he spotted me through the window and took off.
The following week a red-tailed hawk swooped right up to the window here and snatched a fat starling who was gorging himself on a bowl of bacon grease I'd put out. Didn't get a shot of that but it was SO cool to see that happen ten feet from where I'm sitting! I'm looking forward to more bloodshed this winter.