Monday, November 12, 2007


I believe a certain amount of frustration is good for us.

It serves as a motivator and as a reminder that we are not "all that".

I'm not sure the hawk agrees with me.


threecollie said...

Wow, what a fantastic photo! We had one of those here yesterday being pestered by a dozen crows. Sure was noisy...

Thunder Dave said...

If looks could kill!

Blogger wasn't letting me upload yesterday so I've got a post I'll try to get on there this evening.

smilin-buddha said...

Great shot. I envy your place. The constant view of wildlife would be awesome.

Sharon said...

"I'm a chicken hawk, and you're my victims...are ya gonna come quiet, or do I have ta muss ya up??" ~ Henery Hawk


Hurricane Teen said...

Awww are those the little chikens with the unpronounceable LOTR names? They've grown up! Ha ha, they're definitely keeping their distance.

roger said...

so near...and yet so far.

robin andrea said...

Great shot, FC. Those chickens probably never thought they could love that cage so much.

ArtfulSub said...

Wow. What a photo opportunity! You should enter those in contests.

dani813 said...

Lovin' that pic!!!! Is it a Coopers Hawk?

Mockinbird said...

And yes, this townie does envy you a little, your splendid acreage.
(Man, I wish I'd thought of that!)


Floridacracker said...

I was rinsing the coffee pot yesterday morning when I looked out the kitchen window and there he was. Great start to the day.

He does seem perturbed a bit.

It is ... I never know what will turn up around here.

You're talking to a dyed in the wool Looney Tunes fan.

They are. I need to post a good portrait of the beautiful, but still tame birds they've become.

tantalizingly so.

Right! These two chicks are the only two that put themselves up if I let them out to graze. I'm glad I had not done that yet this morning.

Thanks! I took this from my kitchen sink.

I think so, but have not consulted a guide book yet.

Thanks! In the summer when I'm unemployed, I may not leave here for days, but I never get bored with this place.

Rurality said...

Dang! How long did he stay?

Cathy S. said...

Very cool. We have a family in our pasture. They sit on the fence when Hubby mows waiting to see what he flushes out.

Floridacracker said...

Hey Rurality!
He hung out on the cage for about 10 minutes after I first spotted him. I wonder how long he had been there before I noticed him. It was pretty early.Then he flew into a nearby Live Oak to sit for a while.

Cathy S,
Neat! He's not a whole lot bigger than the chicks, so I'm not sure what he was thinking.

Cathy said...

Better keep an eye out . . . . he seems to be eyeing that plate of Greek food.

(I'm guessing this is a Sharp-shinned hawk?

Deb said...

Cool pictures, and I'm pretty sure it's a Cooper's hawk.

Caption: Don't laugh! This is my DINNER we're talking about here!

vicki said...

Mr. Cooper thinks it's Friday food post. Puts me in mind of Hannibal at the bungalow. As far as the size issue? Those chickens would be no problem for the hawk.

I loved your weekend post with Hurricane Teen- beautiful shuttles! That's another possible resource for me; anyone who crafts those for netting surely can or does craft shuttles for weaving. Made a note to self.

Laura said...

I just brought Rick over to the computer to see the hawk picture and he had a good laugh at your commentary. That's a great hawk picture! How lucky he didn't fly away when you showed up.

There's one around here that I've been trying to capture for a long time now, but he, too, thinks he's too good to pose for me.
One of these days....

Sharon said...

LOL, I was hoping someone would be familiar with's the first thing that popped in my head. :)

Floridacracker said...

I think Coopers hawk, but for today, he's a chicken hawk wannabe.

Thanks for the ID help.
He may still get his chance, these birds do get to freerange a bit.

Mr. Pacetti probably can, but I've never heard of a male Pacetti that weaves anything but nets ... and I'm related to them.

Just stake one of your cats out in the yard on a short leash.
Didn't you see Jurasic Park?

Doug Taron said...

This may be your best picture yet. Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Greetings from Ecuador.

SophieMae said...

That close-up is beyond cool... it's radicool! I agree with the Cooper's ID. Nice yard bird!

The Henry Hawk comment got a horse laugh outa DS. Henry and Foghorn Leghorn are our family favourites.

Re the previous... I'd completely forgotten about the sur-prize! Something wondermous to look forward to! 8-]

Floridacracker said...

Cool! Must be bug catchin'.

I do a terrific Marvin the Martian.

Anonymous said...

The hawk may not agree, but I'll bet the chickens do.

Floridacracker said...

Very true!

Anonymous said...

I love your chicken posts. I'm a fan of your blog. I've recently moved to your old home town of S.A. and have been thinking about getting some chickens but am worried that if one of the chicks turn out to be a rooster, it will disturb my neighbor (or me). Another topic....where in S.A. can I get a black cherry tree that I've read about in your posts? By the way, I love Schooners and look for your family photo each time I go but don't believe I've located it as of yet! I really enjoy your blog and besides the entertainment value, have learned so much. I have you to thank for my blueberry bushes that you inspired me to plant; hopefully my family and I will enjoy them in OUR cereal one day. Love your recipe posts and have shared them with friends. Awesome photos, heartwarming stories, thanks for taking the time to share.

Alan said...

Great photo!

I just lost my last Silkie hen the other day, most likely to a hawk. I let them out to free range once in a while just like you do and she didn't come back home that night and I found no trace so I'm pretty sure it was a hawk. They don't usually fool with my big birds, but those little Silkies are small enough to snatch and run.

Looks like I'll have to build them a tractor of their own.