We saw a large bird in our neighbor’s maple tree 18 months ago. Today a similar bird (a red-tailed hawk, please comment if you disagree) appeared in the large tree in front of our house. It was the robins who brought it to our attention, sounding uncharacteristically alarmed in the outer branches.
Just like last year’s bird, it was kind enough to pose for pictures. But this year we have a better camera, so we got better pictures. Seven-image phototale after the jump.
When we first noticed the hawk, it appeared to be watching something intently.
As I maneuvered into position for a better shot, the hawk pounced. It appeared to have a squirrel.
It spent some time moving its wings around to adjust its grip.
Once the squirrel was sufficiently incapacitated, the hawk took flight.
It flew off over the neighbors’ rooftops, either to bring the meal home to its family, or to seek privacy from prying photographers and upset robins.
A half-hour later, the hawk reappeared in the same tree.
It seems happy there.
RoZ observed today that with all the things that annoy us about La Crosse, we have a population of birds and other wildlife that people travel thousands of miles to see.