The Squawk of a Hawk

Oftentimes, when I am standing on the deck with my camera, I hear the loud cry of a Hawk, which turns out to merely be a Blue Jay doing his best Hawk imitation.

But yesterday the real deal showed up – and to say the backyard was loud is an understatement!  Not only was the handsome Red-shouldered fellow squawking incessantly, but about a dozen angry Jays were also boisterously voicing their displeasure at his presence.

It was hard to get a clear shot of him as he was perched high in the tree, shrouded amidst a cluster of branches, but you can see that this guy was well-fed.

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I’m pretty sure the Blue Jays were extra aggressive since they have so many young ones in the area right now, and they were relentless in their swooping, diving, and raucous jeering.  The Hawk eventually grew weary of the constant assault and flew off in search of a less hostile hunting ground.  Then the Jays, young and old, swooped in and started gobbling up peanuts.

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I think they had worked up quite an appetite in the showdown as they kept coming, one after another, for quite awhile.

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Some seemed to pause and express their gratefulness for the food supply…at least, that’s how it seemed to me.


From the fighting to the feasting, the entire escapade was fun to watch!

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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15 Responses to The Squawk of a Hawk

  1. Jodi says:

    love that last shot! 🙂 what a cutie!

  2. Wow, the second shot of the hawk is amazing! And, yeah, the last one is just soooooo adorable! 💘😍

  3. Always chilling when a hawk comes to call. Great shots!

  4. aussiebirder says:

    Love you Blue Jay photos Kathy, and of course I love any raptor pics, your Hawk is no exception. It is wonderful how many small birds (people) in community can accomplish so much more together against great giants of oppression.

  5. All terrific shots. It sounds like the Blue Jays kicked up their heels when the coast was clear.

  6. Trail Walker says:

    Never a dull moment in your back yard!

  7. Nice photos. These jays are so bright and colourful.

  8. manirul9641 says:

    some times men creates something for ever.I think this is that.

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