Backyard dinner – Skywatch Friday

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I saw the above eastern phoebe sitting on my neighbor’s fence and went out the side door to see if I could get a shot from the side of the house. They are usually pretty skittish but this one let me get the above shot.

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I walked out on the dock and a laughing gull flew over my head.

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I was about to go back in the house when I saw the above standing in my neighbor’s yard.

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All of a sudden the cooper’s hawk flew into a low branch with a squirrel in his foot.

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A crow flew close by and hawk was yelling at him to stay away.

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Then he started to chow down. Poor squirrel.

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He would take a bite and then look around. He started staring at me so I went inside. I didn’t want to watch him finish off that poor squirrel.

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Later that night the sky had beautiful pink and orange clouds so I went outside and took the above in the backyard.

This was the first time I have seen a cooper’s hawk in our neighborhood. We have a lot of red shoulder hawks flying around. I probably wouldn’t have seen him if I hadn’t gone out to take a picture of the phoebe.

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