Our garden is always filled with wildlife activity. Today when I looked out the window I saw a hawk sitting on the fence by the feeders. This picture is from my window...look closely and you will see the hawk.
I've seen hawks in the garden many times but today was different. In fact, I've seen this happen in our garden once before. Even though the hawk was on the fence, the other birds (bluejays, cardinals, titmice, sparrows, dark-eyed juncos, mockingbirds and others) were busy with their regular activities. They were at the feeders right by the hawk, at the suet and on the ground. I watched for about 20 minutes as the hawk "walked" up and down the fence, "fluffed" his feathers and stretched his wings like he was sunning himself. At one point a crow (there were several on the ground right under the hawk) flew up and landed on the fence about three feet away from the hawk. The hawk jumped over to scare the crow away. It was obvious that was what he was doing, not trying to catch the crow. After a while he flew towards the trees you see in the background. None of the other birds seemed to care about the hawk. Which leads me to my question....does anyone know why this happens? To me it seemed like the other birds instinctively knew the hawk wasn't hunting. Could this be? This is absolutely fascinating to me and I would appreciate any feedback you can give me!
Words and Photos Property of Christy's Cottage Wildlife Garden