Friday, October 13, 2017

Sitting Ducks

Well, sitting pigeons anyway. The most peaceful feeders around our bird feeders are the pigeons. They do not hang onto the sides of the feeders, spilling seed all over but rather just hang around on the ground under them waiting for the Blue Jays to attack the feeders and cause spills.

That is what they were doing yesterday. One of them was calmly feeding off the ground when WOOSH a hawk came down out of the sky and killed it in about five seconds! The hawk then proceeded to eat it's kill right there! I got the camera and took a few shots through the kitchen window and then tried to open the front door to get a clearer shot. The hawk heard me, grabbed the dead pigeon and took off, leaving no evidence of the carnage except a few feathers which soon blew away.

Life is fleeting but hawks have to survive as well I guess. Here is Mr (or Ms) Hawk's version of Pigeon Pie


  1. That's what has been snatching our chickens. Fast, aren't they!

  2. Pigeons, or sky rats as I call them, are a great food source for raptors. Falcons were used in BC Place Stadium after the roof went on to get rid of the trapped pigeons.

  3. Better known as the "Circle of Life". They also love Chipmunks.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  4. Nice shot! It is tough to get good photos of those guys.

  5. It's a bird-eat-bird world out there. Literally.


    Kim G
    Redding, Ca
    Where our favorite birds are hummingbirds, an invincible species.