The day that hubby and I came back from our cruise youngest son had a story to tell us. That morning Aaron had gone outside, as usual, to feed and water the chickens and goats. The Chicken House used to be a bus stop waiting house for the kids when they were in school. When they were done with it we hauled it up to the back yard and cut a small door beside the big human sized door for the chickens to go in and out of.
Aaron went out that morning and opened up the big door. Inside staring at him was a small hawk. I am guessing it was a Cooper’s Hawk, Aaron thinks it was when I showed him a picture. It was about half the size of a full grown chicken. Aaron said the hawk looked at him for a moment and then flew out the door and away.
Huddled in the corner, hiding her head down as far as it would go, was one Butter Chick. She was not harmed, but was definitely scared witless. (or more witless than usual) 😛
We all thought it was pretty interesting that a hawk would go into a shelter after a chicken.
When I went out later to see how everyone was I checked out the Chicken House. Inside were the remains a few sparrows. The sparrows hop in through the door and help themselves to chicken food all day long. Mr. Smartypants Hawk went inside and sat at the door and ate sparrows as they hopped in. Very smart indeed!
I haven’t seen him since we got home, but I wouldn’t begrudge him a few sparrows to get him through the winter!
I ordered several pairs of Smartwool socks, on sale at Sierra Trading Company! w00t! Lots of pretty colors! I love those socks!