Ember, Pie and I went out Sunday for a little run in the hills. It was a bit drizzly but we needed to stretch our legs. We didnt expect too much, yet you never know...eventually Ember went on point and it seemed honest. I took a photo (sorry for the poor quality) and in the mean time Pie came along and backed. I took another photo before investigating the find. I went over the small rise and kicked around a bit in the most likely cover and nothing rose. I turned back to the dogs and off to my right a small hawk (merlin or kestrel size) took flight. I had never had a dog point a raptor before...thinking back, I wonder if the little bugger had been after a ptarmigan? I didnt see any evidence of ptarmigan. I have seen hawks dive after prey (gophers, rabbits and such) before and knock the wind out of themselves such that they have to sit still until they regain their faculties. The tundra doesnt seem that solid...maybe he had been after ground squirrels? Any how it was a little weird for me. I know some times if game birds are few and far between even experienced dogs can point funny things. Again, it was the first time I had witnessed pointing a raptor.