Murder Hawk

As I began my walk through at work today, I noticed more feathers than normal.

feathers on ground
Feathers on Ground

I thought, “Man those look like one of the pigeons got hit or something.”

pigeon feathers on ground
Pigeon Feathers on Ground

“Or looking at the blood, maybe a hawk got them.”

Blood drops and feathers
Blood drops and feathers

As I turn to the right I wonder, “Is it still hanging out?”

Red Tailed Hawk looking away
Red Tailed Hawk looking away

As the Hawk turns to announce that yes, she is.

Red Tailed Hawk profile
Red Tailed Hawk

I see those feathers, and OH! I may have missed the Hawk committing the murder, but I did find some incriminating evidence. Once again an animal looks at me like, “ARE YOU REALLY TAKING MY PIC WHILE I AM EATING?”

Red Tailed Hawk standing over its Breakfast Squab
Red Tailed Hawk standing over its Breakfast Squab

And while I was getting the last shot to confirm species… that Murder Hawk shook its tail feathers some.

Red Tailed Hawk Tail feather view
Red Tailed Hawk Tail feather view

Common Zinnia

So I may or may not have mentioned before that I like flowers. Never studied them, or learned much about them…. but I have always enjoyed them.

So of course I will share them here and there.

This red zinnia (Zinnia elegans) caught my eye today. How can you resist a flower with its own smaller flowers inside?