Meet Mr. Hawk, my furry friends’ nemesis. #Wordless Wednesday #Ruffled feathers (his/mine)

#Wordless Wednesday – allow your photo(s) to tell the story.

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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45 Responses to Meet Mr. Hawk, my furry friends’ nemesis. #Wordless Wednesday #Ruffled feathers (his/mine)

  1. J P says:

    That’s a great photo catch. It’s as if both of you were watching each other like a hawk. 🙂

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks J.P. – I was lucky to get 5-6 feet away from it and said a few harsh words to it while standing there. P.S. – I wish I’d thought of that line, but will borrow it for another hawk encounter I had at the River earlier this Summer. 🙂

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  2. What a handsome bird! It’s too bad he has chosen your neighborhood as his favorite food source, though… Great pictures, Linda.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Barbara! I was pretty excited to get that close to it, despite the fact I despise it for setting its sights on my squirrel pals. When I was almost beneath it, it reluctantly flew away. It was one of two juvenile hawks in the Park, so you have to wonder how big the adult-size hawks are.

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      • Ah, this one is from the park. You had one near your house once, hunting the squirrels, too, right? It’s interesting how young birds don’t seem to keep their distance from humans as much as the older, wiser ones.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, it is from Council Point Park Barbara and you have a good memory because yes, there was a hawk in a tree across the street waiting for the squirrels to go to my porch … suddenly, at the start of the pandemic I no longer had any squirrels coming to see me. I asked my neighbor if he’d seen Grady and the others and he said “there’s a hawk in the tree across the street who likely got them.” I was so upset.

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  3. Sandra J says:

    Awesome shots Linda, wow I have never seen one that close. 🙂

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Sandra – I felt pretty lucky I got that close to it. I was almost right on top of it when it finally flew away. I’ve seen them flying around the Park before, but not actually perched somewhere to see their size.

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  4. That looks like the same kind of hawk we had in the old oak tree.

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  5. Laurie says:

    What beautiful pictures of a red-tailed hawk! It almost looks like she was posing for you.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Laurie. I thought it looked like it was posing as well. It shifted around as it was very windy that morning and I’m sure it wouldn’t like that I used that last picture of its feathers ruffled out of place!

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  6. Wow so awesome to see these. When they aren’t eating my chickens! Great photos Linda.

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  7. Fantastic hawk pictures Linda.Love them.

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  8. Sarah Davis says:

    Hawks are so cool.

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  9. I’ll send over one of my eagle friends to take care of this guy!

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  10. Joni says:

    That was awesome and so close up! I’ve never even seen one in a distance before. Was it at your regular park?

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Joni. I got up really close to it and had the compact digital camera and zoomed in on it. Another walker pointed it out to me – I didn’t see it myself. I’m always scanning the skies and trees for this pair of hawks to ensure I don’t put peanuts down when they are around. I kept getting closer until I was almost to the fence and looking up at it. It posed for a long time, unafraid, despite me ranting and raving about it going after “my”squirrels. Yes, it was Council Point Park and I try not to put peanuts down out in the open area or even the path now, but the squirrels take the peanut and run and bury it clear across the open field where they are targets.

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  11. WOW – great captures. Our hawks only sit that long when they’re watching their prey…!

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  12. Rebecca says:

    Beautiful photos, Linda! I’ve never been able to get this close to one. They are usually very skittish birds.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Rebecca – I was very lucky and I had my digital compact camera which I carry on my belt all the time with me and just zoomed in. I stepped off the perimeter path and kept walking closer thinking it would fly away, but it just looked at me or stared straight ahead. I gave it the business about picking on the squirrels. It might have stayed there in place as the wind picked up too. I was happy to get the shots despite my dislike of it lurking around to grab a squirrel.

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  13. Great close-up photos of this hawk, Linda! We get them in the garden and they sometimes catch one of the birds. I’ve never seen them catch a squirrel here.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Sabine and good to see you here again. I remember I learned about your site from Tom Peace after posting about a hawk encounter at the Park. You had done a post that day and had a very up-close picture and Tom sent me there to confirm the type of hawk.

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  14. Great shot and what an elegant bird.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Diane. Though I don’t like this bird, I was able to approach it without him flying off for quite a while. That surprised me. I called him a few names for messing with the squirrels. Then he finally flew off. I was pretty excited to get these shots though.

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  15. This bird looks like a grumpy character. Great captures of his mood!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Esther. I gave him my opinion on what I think of him preying on my squirrels – he was unimpressed with my commentary though and likely wished either 1) he was bigger and I would be the prey; or 2) I was smaller and he’d grab me and shut me up.

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