Somebody forgot the date! A visitor in my backyard sprucing up the morning after my birthday party! What a treat, this hawk landed on the bird bath (simple arrangement of pot and saucers) and stayed for a good twenty minutes. I even had time to grab my camera. You will have to excuse the poor quality of the photos taken through an upstairs window as I was trying to steady a long lens in my hands; no time for set up.
You might not believe this but after the hawk, I think it's a Cooper's Hawk, landed a small squirrel ran down the tree next to the bath running up and down the trunk several times. Being so bold as to run out within a foot or so of the hawk who watched it with interest until the squirrel's departure. The Cooper's Hawk was obviously more interested in bathing that day! Enjoy Coop's antics in the slide show below.
The Cooper's Hawk having a last preen high up in another tree further back in the garden before flying out.
Just in case you don't believe the tale about the squirrel you will find some really grainy photos taken with a phone camera below. The squirrel with the frisky tail who survived in this tale!
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