When I got home from Maine yesterday I read a note from Debbie our pet sitter who said there were a couple hawks living in the yard. At first I thought they were living here for a while and I didn’t notice, but then I heard their cries and realized these are new sounds for our yard.
It sounds as if there are two hawks. One has a higher-pitched scream than the other. I’m thinking it’s a mama teaching her young how to hunt, but I could be way off on this.
I’ve been trying to get a picture for the last 24 hours to no avail. They are fast and stick to the trees.
Man, do these hawks make a lot of noise when they swoop! I had no idea how vocal they are. And it’s a cacophony of sound around here. All the birds are making a raucous (Hawk! Hawk! Danger Will Robinson! There’s a HAWK!) and flying hither thither. I do feel a little bad, but it’s all part of the food web so I don’t feel too bad.
Here’s a link to some pictures of a sharp shinned hawk. That’s what it looks like to me.
I did take my recorder outside and recorded its screams (and the chatter of other birds), now I just have to figure out how to upload an MP3 onto this blog.