The other night as Hubs and I were sitting on the deck we had a huge shadow fall over the deck which made me grab my camera thinking it was a hawk which is an unusual visitor this time of year. This guy though was way bigger than our red-tailed hawk, and it quickly explained why my 5 hens quickly & quietly scattered from the deck–which is something we cannot seem to get them to do, no matter how many times we shoo them off.
I quickly asked Hubs ‘what iss dead’ around our property since these birds are generally hunters of carcasses rather than my happy and healthy chickens–which makes me worry less. I’m hoping he or she was just passing through, which seems to be the case, but it was a treat to watch the show, none the less.
It’s funny though, because as quiet as my hens became (4 were under the deck in a flash, and 1 was as close to Hubs as she could get without being on his lap) the blackbirds chimed in seconds from his arrival over our grove, scolding his presence and protecting their families and territory as if they were as big or bigger than him! He didn’t seem too worried though, although one blackbird did seem to get a few jabs in.
The wingspan on these birds is said to be 63″ to 72″ and as big of as the shadow was that fell over our deck, I believe it.