Exciting Sighting... I like how that sounds... Ex-CIT-ing SIGHT-ing! And by a Few Views, I mean Bird Lady Blog has surpassed 2500 page views!
Exciting SightingIt started out as another trip to town and back with the family. I usually drive because I get car sick easily when I don't. I was counting my Red-tailed Hawks along the highway like I always do. My Bird Lady Assistant (the husband) was not cooperating with me that day. He didn't want to press the record button on my voice memo app on my iPhone when I would see a bird so I could record the location and time. Something about him wanting the family to live. You see the family thinks I should watch the road while I am driving, and I do, but I just can't help seeing the birds around me, even when I'm driving. (Days later I listened to my recordings and hear his whole conversation about this because he forgot to turn the record button off.) We did our errands in town and then headed back to the lake, seeing along the way a couple of crows, over a dozen blackbirds, an American Kestrel, several pigeons, a gull, and 9 Red-tailed Hawks! Hard to identify some of them when your driving and attempting to preserve the lives of your family riding in the car.
When we are almost home, off of the highway, not quite to our private road, I see something alongside the road. I blink a couple of times, slow down the car and could not believe what I was seeing! A couple of feet from our car, there was a hawk feasting on a dead turkey. We had seen the dead turkey along side the road a couple of days ago. Bird Lady Assistant (BLA) and my son Beau had the best view being on the passenger side of the car and later reported that the hawk was staring us down with a mad look on it's face because we were interrupting his meal. No sooner had I realized what I was seeing, the hawk flew up in the trees. Of course I had to get out of the car so I could see what was going on. I assumed it was a Red-tailed seeing what I thought was some rustiness of a tail and a very dark back. It was one big-ass hawk! The turkey was well... dead, and there were feathers scattered about, and the poor thing's head and neck had been stripped and eaten and was just a thin resemblance of what it had been. BLA wanted to get going home, and there was a car behind us, so I had to leave, without even getting a picture. I wanted to go back, but we had groceries to unload and it was almost getting dark. Of course I can't post a story without some pictures, so I went back... a couple of days later, and the entire carcus had been picked clean. I did take a pic, but it's a bit disgusting. If you really want to see it, click on the 'cute' turkey pic to be taken to the 'disgusting' eaten turkey pic. If you're squeamish, don't click on the photo below.
Another sighting that was new to the yard this week, was a Brown Creeper joining the flock of winter feeders at the suet. While I was adding it to my lists, I decided to start a page on the blog for my lists. You will find it under the scrolling picture banner at the top of the page right after the Photo Gallery link. It's called Bird Lady's Lists. This is where I will keep my updated yard list, 2013 Big Year list, and my life list. One of my goals of the year is to get to 100 birds on my life list! I'm sitting about 94 right now. I think 6 new birds is do-able, don't you?