Hey, Hey, Hawkeytown!

Our Wildlife is Getting Wilder

Like many suburban areas these days, birds of prey are taking up residence on our streets, or should I say in our trees. Our block is no exception. Thankfully, these are smaller fowl, so most of our pets are safe. However, I wish I could say the same for other small creatures. As I mentioned in a previous article, our neighborhood has seen a menagerie of wild animals on our streets over the past few years. Coyotes, foxes, turkeys, raccoons, skunks, opossums, you name it. Although there are some deer in the area, I have yet to see one trotting down our street. That said, it’s no surprise that some hawks have moved into our neighborhood as well.

They are apparently, Sharp-shinned Hawks and initially, there were only two. Their nest is in my neighbor’s tree, two doors down. Unlike the Coopers Hawks we’ve had in previous years, these birds are very visible. A little too visible, if you ask me. One day, I saw the male and female in my tree, attempting to make more little hawks. Cue the bird porn soundtrack. There are now four of these feathered assassins swooping through our neighborhood. I had hoped they would go after any rodents in the area, and maybe they are. However, their main source of food appears to be the state bird of Michigan, the Robin. Before my hound dog passed away, I had to keep her from finishing off the corpses left behind by Heckle and Jeckle, and now their two brats, as well.

The young ones have no fear, and they will hop around my front lawn from time to time. The two kids were fighting over something in the grass yesterday. After I spooked them, I was afraid to see what eviscerated animal they had left on my lawn. Turns out the knuckleheads were fighting over a white rock, about the size of a golf ball. This cracked me up, but then it occurred to me that the birds might be taking their attack strategy to a new level. Instead of strafing cars with bright white droppings, they might start bombing unsuspecting motorists and pedestrians with heavier artillery. I can hear them now screeching to each other. Hopefully, they haven’t figured out a way to lift a discarded bowling ball. Then we’ll really be in trouble. Ah nature, ya gotta love it!

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