Sparrow Hawk chasing Grackle

Three days ago I stepped out through my sliding glass door onto our deck and heard a very high pitched screeching sound.  I looked up just in time to see a Sparrow Hawk, I believe it was a Sparrow Hawk, talons out stretched, wings spread out vertically,  preparing to snag a Grackle when suddenly the Hawk banked off to the left and disappeared over my neighbor’s garage.  The Grackle high-tailed it for goodness knows where.  It was quite remarkable to see this Hawk with its wing’s out and talon’s ready to strike.  Why it suddenly broke off the chase when it was within striking distance is a mystery to me.  There’s at least one lucky Grackle out there.  Luckily, my wife did not see the encounter.

Have not seen any more of the deer mentioned in my previous post….more later with some new images.

Dan O. De Ment

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