One again the big tree behind Dollar General has a hawk in it. And a hawk that is being mobbed by a contingent of small birds.
She's big and from a distance I think she might be an immature Red-tail. But once I get some magnification I can see that she doesn't have an RT belly band plus there are also lateral striations of color on her breast. But then again from the underside her tail looks yellow. I can't get behind her as the land on that side is private.
Oh boy, it's another confusing immature hawk!
I only have one possible position camera position ,which I'm hoping will be palatable to her and she won't fly off right away. I figure if I stay in the Dollar General parking lot, a place where many humans go back and forth and never notice her, that I should be able to get a few photos and a reasonable look, before the big blow-off country hawks always give me.
But the view is horribly obscured. I decide to cheat over a little and see if she'll stay.
Oh, no, this looks bad! Beyond instantaneous death from a broken neck, birds who fly into windows, sometimes rupture an internal air sac. With each breath air escapes through the rupture. It is then trapped within the body, under the skin, where the swelling continues to grow larger with each breath until the pressure kills the bird or the rupture manages to seal itself.. Though it is difficult for the body to repair the sac when the bird is so highly stressed from the injury and or incapacitated.
But what about Chickadee?
Well, her eyes are open now, anyway. And her beak is closed. Both seem like good signs but so far she doesn't look like she has focused on what is in her field of view.
She pauses with her back towards me. This is very unusual.
Ah, ha! Shes made it up to the perch. Excellent!
She's still keeping an eye on the roof. While I was changing camera batteries she managed to get to the top of the wire and then flew off smartly. So far, so good.
Later in the day, two Chickadees were at the feeder like usual. So I assume after being stunned she's now just fine. Look. Notice that she too is using Nuthatch's technique of grabbing the feeder on the fly.
But she doesn't even bother to then go to the perch. Better to look for the largest sunflower seeds in that position.
The feeder swings and she goes about her business as if nothing has happened.
not having a healthy fear of them? It probably isn't afraid of humans, either?
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