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He's Watching Me Like A Hawk


Oh, perhaps he's watching me like a Hawk because he is a hawk...and he's driving me nuts and impacting my life in a negative way...I have a little 6lb dog..Gracie and she has to be leashed at all yard is completely fenced in, just for Gracie, but she can't enjoy her yard anymore...This hawk has been here for months now...someone told me that they go South in the Fall...well when the hell is the fall to this raptor...

Now when I say he's watching us...I'm not you see that photo above...his head is twisted completely around to the back...My mom used to say she had eyes in the back of her head, and sometimes it felt like she did, but this terrorist really he sits on this dead tree, with a great view of all that is happening in my yard...fortunately he is in the extra lot and we don't go in there...I asked Jim to have the dead part of the tree taken down but he says it would be to hard to get equipment into that area and to expensive..I know he's right but still it's maddening...stupid thing is double jointed...

So I'm stuck with him...and another thing my Mom used to say is..."if you can't beat em, join em." So that is where it's at...if he plans to take up residence in my yard then I'm going to take up arms and shoot the S.O.B.. So every morning Canon and I take a look, if he's there and the sun is shinning, I least I'm getting good practice holding and capturing him with my 100-500 lens..and yes, all these shots are hand held...I think I told you before, I HATE my tripod...this shot is when he decided the hunting wasn't so good at my house today so he's getting ready to leave.....

One last shot before he took off so fast I couldn't keep up with him...but look in those eyes...freaky and evil...and check out the claws...when he wins, his pray has no chance of escape...quite the acrobat also, don't you think...anyways I know the laws of nature...sometimes your the bug and sometimes your the windshield...but I'm always for the down trodden, the helpless one...and so when I hear his screech as he swoops makes me sad..but life is like that for all of us..really.   Sometimes we're up and feeling fulfilled in our lives and the work we are doing and sometimes we feel empty and as much as Mr. Hawk is driving me nuts...I know he is just doing what comes natural to him and that he also has to be full...and I'm sure he has his good points but from where I sit, I don't know what they are and if I could have a say in it, whatever good he is doing...I would just ask him to please move the HELL AWAY FROM MY YARD..


There's too many sounds in the world! The sounds of the earth are terrible! The roots squeezing and jostling one another through the clefts, and the crashing of the acorn from the oak. The cry of the little birdeen in under the silence of the hawk!

Lady Gregory

“Perhaps there could be no joy on this planet without an equal weight of pain to balance it out on some unknown scale.” 
― Stephenie Meyer,


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you never know Cheryl, maybe it's your mother come back to show you the eyes in the back of her head. 💀💀👵

October 14, 2014 | Unregistered

I'm not sure I would feel very cozy with this dude watching me either - eyes in the back of the head!! My mom had those too! He is quite a vicious looking dude in that bottom shot. Try wrapping a rubber reptile in the tree - looking right at him. Ewwweee!

October 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly

Maybe your being out there everyday will finally get to hime. When we have baby ducks on the pond behind us there is a hawk that hangs around then too. It doesn't make me happy either.

October 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Wow, beautiful images Cheryl.

October 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdiana foster

whoa, he is a big guy and look at those piercing eyes!! Incredible captures all, especially that last one as he's about to take off. we have quite a few hawks here, they hang around our bird feeder waiting for their dinner. I know they have to eat too but I hate seeing them catch those sweet little songbirds. not sure what kind of hawk this is but I do hope that he migrates soon!

October 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Peg...I actually thought of that myself...LOL..but even though we had our differences at times I think now she is watching over me and making sure I'm o.k...

October 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Beverly, I was sitting at the pool one day this summer...just trying to relax with my relaxing with this guy...he was flying from one tree to the other and
when he flies he makes a God awful sound...never went back to the pool area.
Thanks for your visit and lovely comment.

October 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Sarah, he's been there all summer...I don't think I bother him one bit...we had to take down bird feeders many years ago but now my neighbor has put up a bunch and I think that's what attracted him...I hope he migrates soon and next year forgets where he was when he comes back.

October 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Thank you Diana...I getting good practice with him out there so long...LOL

October 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Susan thank you so much for your visit...and yes, it is very disconcerting to hear them go after the little song birds...the food chain I guess...

October 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

As always, beautiful photos Cheryl. We haven't let the chickens out much this year because of Hawks. The chickens do warn us, quite loudly, when one is around. My thoughts are, they keep the mouse population down???

October 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPat S

Well, I'm really sorry he took up residency over top of your yard, causing you to have to keep your little Gracie inside for safety's sake! That IS scary. But what an entertaining post this made! Stunning photos - I cannot believe how that thing twists its head around!! What amazing photography, Cheryl!

October 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

Oh, my! I think you're right: he's stalking your little puppy. Hawks are beautiful but better enjoyed at a distance and certainly not a welcome resident in our yards! You did get some great photos, though. Now that he's done you this favor, maybe he'll move along.

October 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDotti

Oh, dear . . .
I just got a chance to view and read this post. I think Gracie needs a visit from the bull dog we saw a few weekends ago!
No wonder this has you on edge. I HATE when the hawks fly over our yard and get the poor helpless little songbirds.
They can have all the mice they want. When we were in Maine, we didn't have anyone stocking our bird feeders, nor suet feeder
for the woodpeckers. BUT, we decided the peckers had done enough damage on our house, so we nixed the feeder all together.
A lot of birds left the area while we were gone, and I was saddened by the family of cardinals who had come to trust us. But sooner or
later we must "let go" of our enabling these birds who really do need to forage on their own. It's been because of our selfishness in loving
to watch them come and go, (especially in the snow-covered months), raising their families over all these years . . . LIke you said, we must
move on in our thought process in giving up certain in-born habits. hmmmmmmm . . . always something to think about! Now, about Bird by Bird . . .
speaking of . . .

October 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAntoinette

Thank you all for stopping by to see this amazing hawk. I hadn't seen him lately so I thought he might have migrated south but not so. This morning there he was sitting in his tree (my tree). Unnerving for sure.
Antoinette our neighbor put in several bird feeders this summer and we are pretty sure that's why the hawk Hans around. He always knows where to get s good breakfast. Good idea taking your feeders down. I wish we could have kept ours also but not to be.

October 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

Wow! Killer wildlife post! Love it all, my eyes are tired Heart Sister, tomorrow is another day. xo

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterH.S

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