The Cause of the Clatter

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
I sprang from my house to see what was the matter
Threw open the screen door and ran to the deck
While murmuring under my breath, “What the heck?”
Then what did my wondering eyes chance to see
But a Red-shouldered Hawk perched up high in a tree
He sat but a moment then quickly he flew
But I managed to snap off a picture or two
And when he had gone all the other birds cheered
And returned to the feeders with no need to fear.




Okay…so there really wasn’t much springing, running, or murmuring…but a Red-shouldered Hawk did cause quite a commotion in my backyard this afternoon. When I heard a chorus of birds all screeching and squawking in alarm, I walked outside with my camera in hand to see what was happening. I saw this hawk sitting in the sunshine, looking for his lunch, and managed to snap off three quick pictures before he flew away.

Once he left, the “regulars” returned and got back to their eating and drinking, which had clearly been rudely interrupted.


Tufted Titmouse


Brown Thrasher


Pine Warbler


Carolina Chickadee


Northern Cardinal

About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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9 Responses to The Cause of the Clatter

  1. Fabulous prose and stellar photos, as per usual, Kathy! 🙂 I quite enjoyed the poem!

  2. avian101 says:

    Very nice pictures Kathy! 🙂

  3. kathydoremus says:

    Why thank you! I had fun writing it. 🙂

  4. Great poem and super photos!

  5. Hawks are such Nobel looking birds, and they can make the song birds scatter in a hurry. Great picture and your poem has a familiar ring to it? Very good!


  6. Sue says:

    Wow, what a great collection of shot. The hawk is just perfect.

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