The Villages Florida Area Real Estate: I Really Didn't Mean to Ruffle Your Feathers!

I Really Didn't Mean to Ruffle Your Feathers!

I Really Didn't Mean to Ruffle Your Feathers!backyard predator

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!

 

Chris K. Canfield

REALTOR®, ABR, CRS, e-PRO, GREEN, MRP, SRES 

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

2890 E. Skyline Drive, #250

Tucson, Arizona  85718

 

 

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Comment balloon 29 commentsChris Canfield • January 25 2011 04:38PM

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Great picture it is good to have the birds come into your area they bring beauty with them. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) almost 8 years ago

Chris - Beautiful picture of your hawk! Is this a real estate analogy? If so, I'd rather be the hawk than a dove in this story!

Posted by Todd & Devona Garrigus, Broker / REALTORS® (Garrigus Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Chris,  A Great photo!  We enjoy feeding the birds....except for the Herons...they like to eat my pond Koi...Them I can do without!

Posted by John Howard, GRI, Mountain Home, Arkansas 870-404-3614 (Century 21 LeMac Realty) almost 8 years ago

Hi Pat - We love watching our birds from the tiny wrens to the large hawks!

Hi Garrigus R.E. - I thought of making this into a real estate analogy but thought I would pass.  Maybe it will give someone else a great idea for a post!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Hi John - I guess I would feel a little more protective of my birds if I were buying them and not just buying their food!  : ) 

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

I love/hate this story. I never could watch Animal Planet when they have the prey being eaten. It was so sad when Daisy, the Mercat was hunted and killed. OK, I'm a wimp.

Posted by Kathy Denworth, Realtor in the Florida Keys, Islamorada, Key Largo (Century 21 Schwartz Realty) almost 8 years ago

Hi Kathy - I have to say the same!  I really don't want to know how they all survive--can't they all just be seed eaters?!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Hi Chris, What a great looking bird. Love the color. We have the same issues here where I live. But in fact while I am sure the hawks get their share, they are usually the ones being attacked ( at least chased all over the kingdom)  by a mass of huge black crows. They are relentless but I haven't actually seem them be successful as yet. And hopefully the show will continue with no fatalities on my watch, :-)

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) almost 8 years ago

That bird looks like me when I haven't been on a diet for awhile.  I just managed to get holiday pounds off.  Now I am less fluffy!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 8 years ago

Hi William - I was glad that he decided to stay still long enough for me to photograph him for a change!  The crows don't seem to bother the hawks around here too much--they torment the owls. 

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

We have that problem, Chris. I try to put the feeders under the tree canopy to make it harder for the hawks to fly straight at them but it doesn't always save them. I went outside the other day and found the bones and feathers of some little thing.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 8 years ago

Dear Lucky Man!

What a thrill it must have been for you to see this hawk! I know I would have been dancing in air trying to snap the camera to get the picture! Good for you! You got the photo and you told a great story!

I'm a bird lover too! I try not to think about the circle of life or it would turn my eyes into a leaking faucet that I couldn't stop!

What a delightful post!!!

You do know that if you ever put it on the market, you're going to have to find a bird lover to buy it!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) almost 8 years ago

Chris, Great photo.  It is the hard circle of life.  I'll never forget shortly after I started to feed birds at my house and I found only a foot from a morning dove, no feathers.  I had no idea there were red tailed hawks in the area.  Then a few weeks later I saw what you described with the morning doves. 

Recently I even saw a hawk go inside a bush after birds....amazing.

I do not enjoy this part of nature, but accept it.  I have a hard time accepting the killing of song birds, etc by well fed house cats.

Gloria

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) almost 8 years ago

Hi Myrl - I can't imagine you ever getting ruffled feathers!  : )  Enjoy being a little less fluffy!

Hi Toni - I am luck in that so far all I have found is little piles of dove feathers.  Very sad, but better than finding bones!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Hi Patricia - If you are a bird lover, you need to join the Birds Group that was started by Gloria and Doug!  We need more members.  

I was quite lucky with the photograph--the hawk perched outside my office window and stared at me.  I just had to start snapping photos!  Fortunately he had his eyes on me (with a window between) and not on any of my well fed birds!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Hi Gloria - My neighbor's cat and I are not the best of friends because he has a habit of going after my birds and chipmunks.  One clap of my hands, and the cat leaves my yard and goes back to torment the critters that are left in his yard.  Hawks are not so obedient!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Chris, I sure would not want to watch one of the dove being dinner for the hawk!     Have you had ANY days without snow lately?     We got a covering last night, and sure to be melted by noon today....still not much.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) almost 8 years ago

Hi Joan - Is there such a thing as a day without snow?  It has just begun again--expecting 6-10 inches in this snowfall.  It is expected to melt by noon - on March 15.  Groan!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Very nice photograph.  I learned something new.  I did not know that the hawks will prey on smaller birds who are feasting at a birdfeeder.

Posted by Michael Delaware, REALTOR®, CRS, GRI (North Sky Realty LLC) almost 8 years ago

I've witnessed this circle of life in my backyard too.  It's so sad to see one of the doves get scooped up.  It's amazing that they know to flee when they do.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 8 years ago

Hi Michael - Well, the birds of prey don't seem to bother my smaller birds too much, but the doves are large enough to be a target.

Hi Sharon - I don't understand why they ALL fly at the same time!  It actually makes for a bigger target.

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Chris....my mom feeds the Doves from her front porch and the Hawks sit in the trees and watch them....my Mom will do everything possible to keep the Hawks away....she even has my Dad shoot his gun up in the air to scare the Hawks away. It works for a little while but then they're back.

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) almost 8 years ago

Chris,

We love watching the birds from our window too.  We got a bird book and a list from the Audubon Society; the kids and I would check off the list each new arrival to the feeders.  We love the hawks, but hate when they catch a bird in our yard.

Mourning doves are the bravest birds I have even witnesses first hand.  They will defend their nests even if it means being killed by a predator.

Lisa

Posted by The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties (Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville) almost 8 years ago

Chris -- I understand the circle of life and that hawks have to eat, but I don't want to see it. It's really something how the doves all take off the same time. Maybe it has something to do with the force of strength in numbers in motion. 

Posted by Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale (RealtyQuest/Kinard Realty Group, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Hi Rob - Has your mother ever thought of putting up a decoy owl?  I don't know if it would work, but they do work with some predator birds.  Of course, it might also keep the doves away.  : )

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Hi Lisa - We have two copies of The Sibley Guide to Birds in our house.  One in the office (upstairs) and one by the door to the porch where we hang out and watch birds when it is fit to be outside (not this winter).  You just gave me a great idea for another post . . .  Thanks!!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Hi Barbara - My kids think it is amusing that I am not a "circle of life" fan.  Maybe because they were raised on "Lion King"?

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Great picture but I hate to see the big birds get the little birds.  Those big birds go after my little dog also so I am always on the watch for them.

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) almost 8 years ago

Hi Debra - I hope the birds of prey in your area are not big enough to hurt your dog!  I would definitely not want that kind of "circle of life" happening in my yard!!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

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