We feed backyard birds year round, and every Fall this darn sharpie (sharp shinned hawk) shows up. Sharpies aren't big hawks, but they are big enough to go after some of the smaller birds, like sparrows or juncos. I know this hawk needs to eat too, but it still makes me really
. Thankfully my sons, who enjoy watching the wild birds from our patio door, have never seen the sharpie "dining". So anyway, I thought it was bad enough that we had to deal with this smaller hawk showing up every Fall, but then recently I was outside (early morning) with our yorkie-poo Rascal, waiting for him to do his "business", and what should I see staring intently at us from our rooftop but a red tailed hawk! (they're a much larger type of hawk). That darn thing watched us like a hawk (oh, so that's where that saying comes from, LOL)
the whole time we were out there, and then he proceeded to do the same when I brought Chica (our chi) out, followed by Squirt (our toy poodle). I bring each out seperately, and always on leash, so it's not as if the hawk could fly away with them or anything, but still it makes me nervous. He did fly off at one point, when I yelled and clapped my hands, but he continued to circle overhead. God help that darn bird if he EVER attempts to swoop in on one of our dogs! I'm a peaceful, kind to animals kind of gal but NO ONE tries to hurt one of my babies!!