Dilemma

This Coopers Hawk and its mate have discovered that my bird feeders are a nice feeding station for them. They recently built a nest in the woods right behind our house and are now using our bird feeders as their hunting grounds. You can see some of the feathers from the bird she is eating just below her feet on the limb. I'm conflicted as to what to do. It's kind of neat to have this pair of Accipiters right in our back yard. On the other hand it seems almost cruel to put out seed for birds who then become dinner themselves when they arrive to eat. If the hawks would stick to the doves it would be great. The thing is, they will eat anything from chickadees to pheasants.

3 thoughts on “Dilemma

  1. I ran my first ever 10k race this morning!  54minutes and a few seconds.  Just wanted to say thanks for all those years of coaching track!  I posted a blog post you might want to read:) Thanks Coach Perks!

  2. Kara – great job! I left you a comment on your post. Thank you so much for the kind words.

  3. Monica Tullo Mackin says:

    Hey Coach Perkes
    I see you haven't posted since April.  I hope you are ok!  I have been thinking about you a lot.
    I am currently training for the NYC Marathon!  I ran a half marathon a few week ago in 1 hour 56 minutes, and not sore at all the next day!  So I am hoping to run the marathon in 4 hours.  What do you think??  I ran 20 miles last week and 17 miles yesterday.  For my run yesterday I took a trip down memory lane.  I ran out to JJHS and passed our old railroad tracks that we did our warm up runs on.  Then I ran out passed "the rock" up past the old neighborhood where we did our hill workouts.  I stopped at the Wiccopee General Store to refill the water bottles on my water belt for the run home.  It has been great training.  I cannot describe how great this run felt.  It was a warm fuzzy feeling to relive the memories where it all started.
    Thank you for instilling in me a love of running!  I hope you are doing well!  Please stay in touch!
    Love, Monica

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