[font=verdana,geneva]As I have mentioned in the past, I have a small barn (40'X60') where I have horses. The stalls are such that each one has a back door where if I leave it open (which I do most of the time), the horses are free to walk in and out into the turn out pens and pasture.[/font]
[font=verdana]What I also have, are an infestation of those *(&%^*%^#!!@@ ENGLISH HOUSE SPARROWS, that are literally pooping machines! All the stall walls have whitewash stains, plus the buckets (which we have to wash and bleach at least once a week), and if the horse blankets are hung on the stall doors, them too. My mower I have to keep covered, or else when I go to sit on it I'm sitting in bird poop.[/font]
[font=verdana]Anyway...today I went down to feed in the morning, and lo and behold a hawk of some kind was in the barn, perched on a rafter board. He got out of there when I came in, but when I went in the hay stall, I saw where he'd made a kill and House Sparrow feathers where all over the top of a bale....WAY TO GO MR. HAWK!!!! [/font]
[font=verdana]Now I'm trying to determine what type of hawk it was. I didn't get a real good look at it, but my guess so far is that it was NOT a broadwinged type hawk (Buteos, in the scientific terminology, which are your soaring type hawks, and eat mostly rodents), like a Redtail, but a shorter winged "woods hawk" (Accipiter, in the scientific lingo). My guesses are either a Coopers Hawk, or a Sharp Shinned Hawk, both of which being woods hawks are more adept at taking prey in close quarters, and which are also hawks that eat primarily other birds.[/font]
[font=verdana]Anyone have any input for me? I'd also like to find a way to ENCOURAGE this hawk to take up residence in my barn also![/font]
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