While relaxing this afternoon after getting the day's chores completed (completed, huh?) Anyway, I saw a couple of hawks circling an area of the property. That reminded me of one of the first times I ever came to the property before I bought the place. I was with an excavation contractor, picking his brain about where to put the driveway, and we were driving into the property and a hawk with a squirrel in its claws grazed the hood/windshield of the truck! That was pretty amazing. Since I've moved onto the place there was a juvenile hawk down near the pond. I didn't notice it was there but one of the dogs was acting like something was awry so when I investigated, there was this juvenile hawk that would not fly off. I was able to walk all the way up to the hawk, take this picture, then throw a jacket over it and take it to a local vet who cares for injured raptors.
That very same week I was driving down the road about 4 miles from the house and I saw an owl on the side of the road. I thought it was strange because it was the middle of the day, so I stopped. I was able to get out of the truck, walk up to the owl, say "hi", go back and get my camera and walk back over and take this picture....
I phoned a friend who was behind me on the road and told him what I had seen. An hour or so later he came to my house and the owl had died on the side of the road. It had obviously been in a fight with something else and it lost.
Last night I heard the "who cooks for you, who cooks for you all" call of the barred owl. Although the farm is little more than a mile from I-40, there are still sounds and appearances of wild things.....
Posted by Terry
@ 09:03 PM CDT