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starling for dinner

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Our resident hawk paid a visit today, landing atop the feeder pole and looking at the little decorative metal bird as if to say, I was planning to eat you!

His visit reminded me of the last time I saw him. It was a snowy day a few weeks ago. I had gone out to shovel and noticed that the bird bath was running low. I returned inside to fill a plastic pitcher with water when I saw that a greedy group of starlings had descended on the peanuts I had left on a patio table. Squawking and tumbling over one another in a dizzy flurry of feathers, they were oblivious to the hawk, who swooped down and plucked one from the crowd.

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The survivors scattered.  Clutching his prey, the hawk landed in the snow a few feet away. Each time the unfortunate starling struggled, the hawk gripped tighter. After a few minutes, the hawk flew off with his meal.

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  1. Great photos. So far our bird feeders and suet have failed to attract any hawks. Peanuts are apparently a great favorite of starlings. When we made homemade suet that contained peanut butter, the only birds that got any were the starlings, who descended en masse onto the suet and finished it off in one afternoon.

    • I am currently experimenting with an upside-down suet feeder. There was a woodpecker there yesterday–I failed to get a photo tho’. I am waiting to see if the starlings show up. I took down my peanut feeder in order to hang the new suet feeder–maybe if I don’t have peanuts around, the starlings will look elsewhere for easy pickings? I’ll keep watching to see.

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