I spied a hawk today!

I suppose when you live in an urban area like The Oxbow, you’re going to see some unusual things occasionally and today was no exception.

As we went for our morning walk with the dogs, we heard this huge commotion coming from the stream. About twenty ducks were kicking up one hell of a racket, quite an unusual sound for ducks.

Then, a little further on, a murder of crows were high in the island’s trees making another deafening din. I don’t know what had got into the wildlife today. Is it some sort of bird holiday, or are all the berries fermenting and they’re a little sozzled?

Just as we were coming out of the Bow by the old long shed, a big hawk flew towards us, and then straight past us, carrying a large grey squirrel. I think it was a red-tail hawk. The bird had just flown down and plucked the squirrel out of a tree.

My dogs were quite jealous, they’ve been trying to get one out of those trees for months.

Author: Mike Caswell

I live in Fairport, and my home is at The Oxbow section of The Erie Canal. I fish, have a pontoon boat and like messing in boats. (see www.mud-skipper.com). I'm retired and enjoy every day living here with my wife Carol and our two dogs.

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