Now that the cold snap is past, things are quieting down here in the hood. There has been a falcon taking advantage of the dozen feeders I have out. He usually sits right on top of the feeder, waiting. I know Petunia is now hawk droppings on a tree somewhere. He almost got Thumper too. He's a smart squirrel though and got away by freezing against the tree for 30 minutes.
I never see him catch anything, but the bloody pile of bird feathers tells the tale. He will come thru about 200 mph, miss, make a big swing up into the air and make another swooping flyby. Oh, and I found a pile of mallard feathers tonight down by the creek.
I thought he was a gyrfalcon or a peregrine. I got the book out and he doesn't really match anything in the book that I have.
Any ideas on what he is? I have had trouble getting close enough to get a good photo, but here is the best I have so far.
Then a nuthatch and Pine Grosbeak had a tussle over some seeds and the Grosbeak grabbed the little guy by the neck and flew off with him. That kinda blew my mind, as Grosbeaks are seed eaters.