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Boom! House got in the way!
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Old 02-17-2018, 03:37 PM
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Default Boom! House got in the way!

My wife and I were sitting in the living room, she reading, me 'computing', when we heard a very loud BOOM! I knew something had hit the house but my wife thought someone had either fired a shotgun very close to the house or shot the house. I knew none of that was correct, but I didn't really know what had hit the house, or broken off of it.

I got up to look out the window on 'that' side of the house and what to my surprise do I see but a Cooper's hawk (Accipiter cooperii) mantled over a magpie (Pica hudsonia)! Apparently, the hawk had stooped on the magpie and the house had gotten in the way of the "follow through".

The hawk flew off with the magpie before I could get to my camera, but here's the murder scene from the dining room window. The 'divit' is where the magpie was being held; the impression of the hawk's tail is at 6 o'clock, and it's wing-tips are obvious.

All together, it was pretty cool. While I like magpies (they're corvids), I really like the accipiters. They are bird-eaters that catch their prey on the wing and can fly through the woods like a fighter jet when pursuing their prey!

Paul
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