January 29: We witnessed our first kill today. It was bound to happen with both hunters and prey residing in our back yard. One of the beautiful creatures is a large red-tailed hawk who we named Baron. His wing span is great enough to cast a shadow when he swoops past our picture window. The snow seems to have made him extra active and brave. Here he is perched on a branch right outside our window, but you have to look closely to see him because his feathers are such great camouflage.
Suddenly he spotted lunch...perhaps a mouse or squirrel silly enough to leave its hidey-hole. He took off, straight up, then dove down, snatched the critter in its talons and soared up and away, sort of like a plane doing a touch-down. It was incredibly cool.
With all the wildlife we've seen, we decided our Animal Kingdom needed a page of its own so, when you have a moment, please check it out. We're sure we'll be adding lots more pics as we get closer to spring...which, by the way is only 49 days away!