Thursday, 14 August 2008
by Mama Turtle
I was the first to get up, and with sleepy eyes and no glasses, I thought I saw "an owl?" perched far away on our fence when I looked out the bathroom window. I went to the kitchen window and could see from there that it was definitely some kind of bird. Turtle1 was up so I told him to get my glasses. That didn't make much of a difference, so I thought "the camera!" But by the time I got the camera out, Turtle1 said it flew away.
But all it really did was fly up closer for its photo op!
That wooden post is some kind of, well, post that has an electrical outlet wired to it, and it's about eight feet or so from the back door. As I struggled to get a decent picture through the glass, I watched it drop down to the ground and gobble up some unlucky prey. Then it hopped back up the post.
I now realize I had seen this bird fly through the back yard before after it took flight (thought it was an owl then, too). I'm thinking it's some kind of falcon, similar to a prairie falcon, but it doesn't quite match up with google photos.
Want to play guess that bird? We're in inland North Carolina.
What kinds of animals have you seen near your home?