Friday, May 4, 2012

One Less Rat

We heard the birds and squirrels going crazy!  We knew to grab the camera and run outside.  There was a big hawk carrying a big rat!  I have never seen a rat in my yard.  Squirrels don't count!  I love my squirrels and they are amazing little critters! :)
When I saw the size of the rat I was freaking out because I'm thinking it must have been caught in our neighborhood!  Yuck!!!  Hubby actually took these pics.  The hawk was about 50 ft from us and then he flew to a chimney which made him about 100 ft from us.  I don't like to see them around too often, but this is a beautiful bird.  This one was about 16" to 18" tall.  I try to remind people that hawks are in the area and it's a good idea to keep extra small pets on leashes.

Hope everyone has a fabulous Friday!


Catherine said...

I love hawks ~ especially ones that catch rats!! Eeeeek!
xo Catherine

Sandra said...

he is a fine looking hawk. i wish they would stick to rats and not the song birds. we had a resident hawk for a year, but now he has gone on and the birds are coming back. we had dozens of doves, he ate them all. part of the food chain but i don't like watching him in the tree with a dove, he would fill our pool with feathers. we have eagles and hawks in our area and several small dogs have gone missing. people should not let tiny pets outside without being with them

TexWisGirl said...

i like seeing them, even if they sometimes take the songbirds.

That corgi :) said...

He is absolutely beautiful! I love hawks! What a joy to see him in your backyard and to get those great pictures of him! Your husband did fantastic! So true about watching out for little dogs. Where we used to live we had a falcon that liked the area plus we had coyotes around too (in the middle of the city, go figure). Anyway, everyone was always watching out for the coyotes with small dogs (we never let Koda out at night without us going with him and a stick although I think he was safe because of his size, LOL). Anyway, the neighbors a few houses down had a little chihuahua puppy. The kids and parents were out with it in the backyard, watching for coyotes. They never thought to keep an eye on the sky. You can imagine the rest of the story.

Ick with rats; I think they are all around; I saw one last year walking along our fence line. I'm glad there are ferral cats around :)

have a good weekend!


Val said...

I am glad I am not a RAT!! seems that the madsnapping is catching got your hubby snapping photos now too!! :) HAve a great weekend.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

WOw, that's wild! I used to have a pet rat that I rescued from the psychology lab, where they were going to euthanize it after the semester. He was actually quite friendly. I did keep him outside though ;-)

Ginny said...

Oh my goodness, he got really good pictures, and I can even see the rat, ick!!! That would freak me out, knowing there are rats around!!!!

Deborah said...

There is nothing like a true "Blogger"...GRAB THE CAMERA!!!
Great pictures and kindof gross at the same time!

Chatty Crone said...

I am so glad that Hawk got that rat for you. Love the Hawk, not the rat. Love, sandie

Ann said...

I see a lot of hawks around here and I just love watching them soar through the sky.
This one is a keeper if he's taking out rats :)

SquirrelQueen said...

We have a pair of hawks that hunt in the field behind our house, I love to watch them. But when mama cat first brought her kittens into our yard I was worried the hawks would get them.

Between the hawks and our cats no mouse or rat survives long around here. Your hubby got some great shots of that handsome fellow.

troutbirder said...

Nature in the raw. Your lucky to have a rat removing hawk in the neighborhood though...
I'd say you roses for a very courageous lady are just gorgeous. I used to grow them till we moved in a new house in the very shady woods... :)

Eva Ason said...

Wow that's some magnificent Hawk...we don't get to see them much here in the city. Great photos.
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Have a lovely Weekend!


Deb Crecelius said...

How wonderful to be able to watch the hawk and to capture on film.
I, too, think rats are probably everywhere.
Wild rats = ewww.
Pet rats = okay.