Monday March 19th 2012, 11:22 pm
Filed under: Knit,Wildlife


I heard the incoming email and put my knitting down to come to the computer, where there is a better view out the window, to see who’d written; breaks to rest the hands are always a good thing.

Which is the only reason I saw.

In mid-reply, typing away, something made me look to the left just in time. By size I’m guessing it was the male.

There is the translucent awning with the birdfeeder hanging from the wooden beams it rests on. We have seen a hawk from time to time doing a steep V-dive, appearing suddenly from above and then veering straight back up again for the chase as everybody panics. (And if it hears a window strike, I get treated to a super close-up.)

Today was a first: I saw the Cooper’s just as it came in from a low flight, trying to stay out of view, and pulling straight up at the last second to catch I think a dove on top of that awning. The doves like to walk all around up there and the smaller birds never seem to.

I went looking for a picture to describe it, and this one is the closest–only, picture the bird entirely upright mid-air and facing you. At fifteen feet away.

Last week I saw one way to the left, carefully half-hidden by a tree trunk and perched on the fence. I was curious to know if she was stalking an oblivious finch on the other side of the smaller feeder to my far right. Knowing how fast they move, I consciously blinked left then back to the right as fast as I could make my eyes go–and in that real time, she lifted her wings, spread her tail wide and was halfway across my backyard. They are that fast.

Now if I could only teach them to knit. You’d need rope to survive those claws… We could have a hammock fence to fence in a blink.

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Wow! Super cool to see close-up, I am sure. I love that you pay such close attention and then share your vivid word-pictures with us…amazing!

Comment by Pam 03.20.12 @ 6:45 am

Hahaha… I love the mental image of knitting hawks and that yard-wide hammock…

Comment by Channon 03.20.12 @ 7:26 am

Oh how I would love to knit at the speed of hawk. I’m a “thrower” and understand that “picking” the yarn can be faster, just haven’t learned how to do it. Yet. Bet it would be better on my wrists. Thank you so much of the vivid word pictures. Wow!

Comment by DebbieR 03.20.12 @ 9:12 am

WOW! You really get some views of wildlife!

Comment by Don Meyer 03.20.12 @ 9:34 am

perhaps you could have them knit up a batch of shopping bags — those mesh stretchy ones — rope would work for that too

Comment by Bev 03.20.12 @ 9:53 am

If anyone could teach a hawk to knit, it would be you. But I doubt even you could teach them to do cables. 😉

Comment by twinsetellen 03.20.12 @ 5:48 pm

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