Just off of our patio we have a seed cage for woodpeckers. I passed by the door and out of the corner of my eye caught a glimpse of something large...almost disorienting, something unusual.
I found myself face to face (about 5 feet distance) from a hawk. I always have my camera by the back door for occasions like this. I had seen him flying high above or gliding on the thermals but never...never this close!
After he left, the ecstasy faded to dread. I googled "What do hawks eat"....small birds are their favorite "plat du jour". The seed block is next to the hummingbird feeder where I take the pictures of hummingbirds....birds that return each Spring to greet me and assure me that "Spring has sprung".
Now I need to google "How do you get rid of a hawk"!