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March 22, 2008


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The Zen Birdfeeder

It is tough to witness, but it is nature at work.

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Nature in the real world. Not that I am happy for the kill but this IS part of nature. Survival in the raw. Thanks for sharing the story and photos.

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LNMP - Thanks and welcome to the blog. Hope you visit often!
Mon@rch - it was an interesting few days, to say the least! Thanks for your supportive comment.
Birdfreak - thanks to you too for your nice words!
Valerie - welcome to The Zen Birdfeeder. Glad you're enjoying it and come back soon.
Lana - I had a tough time with this ID because I wasn't aware they kept their juvenile plumage so long. You take care of yourself, my blogging friend!

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Nancy K. submitted this comment via email:
Great photos and information! I have heard these screaming victims too. It is gut wrenching, but I don't interfere as it is part of the natural scheme of things. I just wish they could be faster in doing it. I have seen other birds, including Blue Jays, Chickadees, etc. sit in nearby trees and also scream at the Sharpie. Not sure if it is protest, warning, sympathy for the victim, or all three.


Wow, how amazing! Personally I find it very difficult to distinguish between certain hawks (like Cooper's vs. Sharp-shinned, etc.) Poor little titmouse. Nature is indeed red in tooth & claw.
Sorry for my absences lately. I've been having back problems & sitting at the computer doesn't help.


Just wanted to stop by and say that I enjoy your blog, so much so that I made note of it in my own blog at http://durhamregion.typepad.com/people/.

The images are beautiful and the text informative.

I try to drop by every day.


The Birdfreak Team

A great story, though not for the poor titmouse! Love the Sharpie sessions!

Good birding to you!


I love your series of Sharpies and the 2nd session are my fave of all shots! They are amazing birds for sure! Keep up the great work!


A fascinating series on the Sharp-Shinned Hawk! I feel bad for the titmouse, of course, but this is the reality of nature.

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