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Saturday, March 17, 2007

A bird eat bird world

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey
I hope I don’t offend anyone with this photo, but nature is just amazing to me; albeit seemingly cruel at times. This broad-winged hawk that lives in our woods and cruises my neighbor’s chicken yard, happened on the poor, wet, cold birds at my feeding station yesterday. One did not make it. I don’t what kind of bird it was, except that my best guess is a dove. It was quite large and the feathers fit.

I had glanced out at the bird station to see what was out there [because it could be the bears, deer, you name it] and saw something large on the ground fairly close out of the corner of my eye. When I saw him ripping the flesh of one of “my” birds of course I was upset. But on this snowy, sleety day it was also like watching a segment from Animal Kingdom. It’s what hawks do. There is a reason they are classified as raptors in the bird world. No wonder there weren’t any birds just then! But, pretty soon the other birds decided that the hawk was not a threat anymore [after all his appetite was being sated] and returned to the ground to feed.

Nature—truly amazing.

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