I Really Didn't Mean to Ruffle Your Feathers!
One of the disadvantages of feeding my backyard birds so well is that they become fair game for the predator birds--like this lovely hawk that showed up in my yard today (looks a little cold, doesn't he?). I have to admit that I love to see the hawks and merlin when they venture into my yard, but the doves that live here are not fans.
If you are enjoying a little bird-watching, and suddenly all the doves freeze--literally don't move at all--you know that there is a bird of prey waiting close-by. Then all of a sudden (don't ask me why) every one of the doves takes off at the same time, and often one of them becomes a meal for the hungry hawk.
Five minutes later, all the doves are back eating their way to a healthy entre size for a hawk! Ah the circle of life!