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Monday, February 26, 2018

A Hawk in the House

You will not believe this!  Yup a hawk in the house!  Well not exactly but close to it.

Well it was not my house but at a friends house. My friend had a young immature Cooper's hawk go into the back part of his house! I got a phone call and I had to go over and get some photos!

I was too scared when I saw the hawk, he looked so fierce and scary.  And What To Do?  The hawk had walked calmly I guess into the back house part. He then had gone to the window and was insisting that the window should let him out as he did not know glass was there. He kept smacking his head on the glass and flying hard into it.  Yikes. I was no help at all, I just freaked out holding my camera very tightly and looking at the very angry hawk.

I thought wow that hawk has such large talons and such a large beak and he looks like he wants to land on my head. He might land on the camera! Yikes. I moved as far away as possible and no thought of pictures.

My friend was so calm.  He simply put on large gloves picked up the distressed angry hawk and took him outside. Wow I was super impressed with that! This guy could work with raptors for sure. He was the hawk whisperer, or the hawk saviour. He looked like he had done it a million times before! He was the most incredibly calm person I have ever seen with a bird in distress.

I took no pictures of the whole thing till they were outside, I sorta was hiding from the fierce, angry hawk!  What a wimp I was!

After my friend picked up the hawk, the hawk became very docile, he was like best friends with my friend.  He became like a baby hawk and hung his head way down to show how well behaved he was now.  I thought I wonder when he lets go of him will he land on me, perhaps land on my head and take out his anger on me, hmmmmm, well I moved farther away from the launching off site.

Hawks go limp like this when they are picked up for banding or handled I have been told.

My friend just released the hawk and sorta lifted him up and the hawk flew off to the fence in the backyard. He flew to a low fence.  He sat there quite close to where I was and looked at me like he was confused and still angry.  I was not scared of him then so I got a few pictures. He flew up to the tree.

After he flew up to the tree he cried and cried and called out like a baby. "Ki Ki Ki" he called out for such a long time. I looked up in the tree and realised that there were two Cooper's hawk there now!  Him and another one. He kept calling out telling everyone how upset he was and what a terrible thing that window was and all about the big hands that picked him up and saved him. The two hawks were in the tree for a while talking about this situation and then they flew off!

I never took many pictures and no video, what a poor National Geographic photographer I would be! What a wimp I am!  Hah Hah.

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Wild Bird Wednesday
ABC Wednesday  at the letter H for Hawk

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  1. Poor little guy!

  2. My oh my...what a story. Your narrative was most exciting & your photos, spectacular!!

    Thanks for sharing this all with us at I R B B this week.

  3. What an amazing experience! So glad the hawk was okay.

  4. It looks a miracle. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Wow, that was an adventure. Good for your friend to be so cool-headed in the situation. You may not have taken pictures inside but you got great pictures outside. I love the one of the hawk staring down at you. Hopefully he has learned his lesson and won't go near houses again.

  6. Amazing story! Thank goodness you didn't have to deal with the hawk yourself, because I think animals can tell when we're afraid.
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travels

  7. When I saw the picture with the glove I first thought it was a hawk handler from a rescue organization. Then I read your post and discovered it was the house's owner. How brave. - Margy

  8. Predators inside a small house flying around would make ME nervous

  9. wonderful pictures... hopefully he is allright?

    Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-Wednes-day / -week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♪ (ABC-W-team)

  10. An amazing experience! Great photos!

  11. Epic fail on the initial photos...but, at least you did get several good ones......

  12. Wow -- your friend was wonderful. Sounds like he knew exactly what to do! That was one of those experiences that will last a lifetime, even if you didn't get pictures during the exciting part of it. The ones you did get after are great -- and your words let us experience it all with you even without pictures.

  13. Just amazing! Great photos! Poor little guy...I wonder why his parent and sibling s weren't closeby. So glad he let your neighbor get him back where he needed to be!

  14. Wimpy or common sense? I choose the latter. Thanks for sharing your story. If a hawk ever flies into our house, I'll know what to do. Maybe.

  15. What a great thing to see - gold the bird (and the hand that holds it!) were all OK.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  16. Thanks so much for these lovely comments. I will reply on each of your blogs as time permits. I appreciate your comments so much.


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