Bird Sightings Part 2
Because the other thread was getting so long I thought I'd start Part 2.
Today I saw a Sharp-shinned hawk fly into my backyard and land on the ground near the feeders. All the birds that were there saw it coming and fled moments earlier. So the bird sat on the ground for a minute, then flew up to my fence, moving along the fence towards a large Leyland cypress I have next to my fence in the back. Then, all of a sudden it dove right into the cypress and swirled in and out of the tree like an expert. Tons of small birds came shooting out of the tree and took off. Mostly juncos and sparrows hang out in the tree. I watched longer and didn't see the hawk fly out after any of them. I watched longer to see where the hawk went, and after a few minutes I saw it on the ground under the tree. I think it caught one of the small birds in the tree and took it to ground to kill it. After a minute more it flew off so fast I could not tell if it was carrying anything as it went out of sight so fast to my front yard area. I ran out front to see if had a bird on the ground out front but it was gone.
Wow - I thought that cypress was a refuge for when hawks swooped in. That bird worked that tree like nothing flat, flying in and out of it in a downward spiral pattern starting at the top. The birds hidden in the thick branches had some protection obviously, as opposed to being caught out in the complete open, but thick places are not safe either. It happened so fast I was simply amazed at the speed and agility that hawk worked that tree.