The Watcher In The Window

Sometimes it seems like everything happens at once.

Like this morning.  I was replying to a text from my daughter when the house phone rang.  (I know.  Who has those anymore, right?)  Then, just as I was saying hello, I happened to glance out the window and saw a hawk perched on a Dogwood branch, partially obscured by clusters of leaves.  I knew I couldn’t just hang up and rush outside, so I did the old “hold the phone to my ear with my shoulder” routine while I grabbed my camera and crawled down onto the kitchen floor to try and get at a better picture taking angle.

I was excited to see that today’s guest was a Cooper’s Hawk.
The scruffy part of his bottom breast feathers is where he is tucking one of his feet in.  It was rather brisk here this morning!



At one point, he looked right at me.  I’m pretty sure he was thinking – “What is that crazy lady doing on the kitchen floor with her phone and her camera?”


Seconds later, he spread his wings and I thought for sure he was going to get the squirrel that was sitting one branch over, oblivious to the danger.  I even tried sending telepathic thoughts to the hawk  – “Get the squirrel…nice juicy squirrel…eat more skwerl…”


Instead, he flew down and landed on the rocks by our backyard fountain.


I quickly shifted my mental messages to “Get in the water…splash around…”  But once again, he ignored me.  Clearly this Cooper was non-clairvoyant.


He stood there for a brief moment and then flew off to another yard, probably warning his friends to stay away from the “the watcher in the window.”


Well, he may have thought I was weird, but I thought he was wonderful!










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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20 Responses to The Watcher In The Window

  1. Bill Peterson says:


  2. avian101 says:

    You’re a funny lady Kathy! Nice pictures! 🙂

  3. aussiebirder says:

    Enjoyed your post Kathy, great pics! You caught the gleam in the hawks eye well. I love raptors, and it was lovely to be introduced to a Coopers hawk, thanks.

  4. Klarinet says:

    Great! Thank you!

  5. Great job! I was laughing out loud, especially during the part about “eat more skwerel…” LOLOL Amazing photos for someone who was multi-tasking!! Stunning!

  6. Great post and nice photos of one my favorite Hawks!! I agree, eat more skwerel!!


  7. Kim Wilan says:

    I love bird of prey. It makes my day when I see one. Your posts are a joy to read!

  8. Oh my… he is stunning! There are few birds of prey in our suburban neighborhoods but whenever I see one I feel so privileged; they are all so fierce and noble, or at least that’s the impression I always get. 🙂

  9. Awesome photos! We just had a Cooper’s Hawk come right to our yard too. A pair of Cooper’s Hawks have been coming back year after year to nest in our yard. We also have a pair of Long-eared Owls which this is their second year they are coming back.

    Here are my pictures of the Cooper’s Hawk I got.

    Josiah at

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