We’ve had a ground cover for about 3 weeks now. I’ve been feeding the birds every day and sometimes have a dozen doves on my back porch at once. Plus squirrels, cardinals, blue jays, sparrows, Carolina wrens, and the snow birds, slate colored juncos. The birds depend on what humans put out for them, cos there’s not much else to find.
I was in the kitchen and there was a big amount of crow call going on. I looked out back to see this red tailed hawk on the patio digging into the snow for a broken up chicken carcass I had thrown out there last night. Possums and other creatures of the night usually get what meat scraps I throw out there, at least whatever the crows didn’t pick up during the daytime.
Times must be really tough, cos this guy was willing to sit out there for 10 minutes digging in, very vigilant as to anything moving around him. They don’t like to stay on the ground long, since predators could get them. They also prefer to catch live food; one swoop and take it into a tree to eat it, where they’re safe. But when you’re hungry and there’s chicken bones to be had, I guess you take what you can find, and take whatever chances you need to, to get food.
The crow call continued the whole time, and there were no other birds to be seen anywhere. MaChatte was vigilant on her back window too, vibrating, cos she didn’t know birds could ever get that big. As big as her, with bigger toe nails. I stayed to watch this cos we don’t get good close up looks at them for very long. I sort of caught him flying away. Chicken bones gone, no reason to risk sitting here any more.