We were sitting at the learning table, minding our own business, working on our sunflowers when a red-tailed hawk landed right here:
For some perspective, it is the branch above and to the right of the suncatcher:
That branch is about 10 feet from the window and about 10 feet off the ground. It was that close to us. It looked like it was watching our every little move. I slowly grabbed the camera but it flew away as I began to focus. Five more seconds and I would have had it! I am so disappointed.
We see these impressive birds of prey all the time around here, sitting on top of billboards or street lights or just hovering over the fields looking for a snack. This was the first one we have ever seen up close and personal. I don't think I'll ever look at that branch again and not hope to see the hawk sitting there looking so terrifyingly majestic. Wow.
The kid's reactions:
Shortcake ~ That was the biggest bird I have ever seen.
Sunshine ~ I thought it was going to fly through the window and attack us!
The Professor ~ Cool! Maybe we should hang some meat out and see if it will come back.