Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sad Day

The other day the Mister and I heard a loud noise.  I was at the kitchen table, and he was in the laundry area.  We checked a few closets, thinking something may have fallen off a shelf.
Nothing was out of place, and it is not cold enough for the house to crack.  (Yes, southern friends, when it gets below zero, the building materials of a house contract and it can be heard from inside!! Like a wood cracking sound.)  
We dismissed the noise until the Mister went out side and found this sight.  


A beautiful hawk lost its life either chasing a rodent, or going after a bird.  We think it  hit the house when it was pursuing its dinner.  (You will notice in the comment section, Sara informed me this is not a hawk, but a Ruffled Grouse.  I did a double check on google, and Sara is right!)  

And that's the way it is.................

22 comments:

  1. so sad and he was a beauty.... and i remember that cracking noise when we lived in KY in a 2 story frame house, at night i would think the noise was somone creeping up the steps to get me.

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  2. Awwww.....so sad.....when i worked at the river park hummingbirds useta hit the plate glass windoe of the Visitor Center..

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  3. the relefections are a big problem, it seems worse this time of year!!

    i hope the hubs was doing laundry....and lot's of it!!

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  4. Yes, even in the south when it is cold, especially in the winter months...these noises can be creepy! Thanks for visiting us...yes, we have missed you too!
    Hugs!

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  5. Omg, that is so sad. We have a few hovering over our chickens( there is netting to protect them), but they look so awesome flying around. So sad!

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  6. Sometimes they are just stunned, sometimes they break their necks...perhaps he was suicidal and nothing could be done:(

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  7. i do hate when that happens. and even our southern homes do that cracking thing when the temps drop suddenly. :)

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  8. Poor thing. We see that so often at my mother's. The birds fly right into the glass doors in the Florida Room. Sometimes they get right back up and fly off, but other times, the hit is too hard, and they don't survive.

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  9. We hate to see this happen,but those are the ways of nature.I have never had a larger bird hit the house,but smaller ones often do.Some make it and some don't.

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  10. So sad when things like this happen, but your hawk is not a hawk hun... it's a Ruffed Grouse or Partridge. They are very common in the Northwoods and a very delicious bird to eat. I have spent many years hunting them for their delicious meat. In the fall of the year, they get kind of "dumb" and do stupid things like fly into the sides of buildings. You can find them on just about any dirt road as they eat gravel to help with their digestion. They are a very pretty specimen of nature and have a beautiful "drumming" sound when they are calling a mate. Sorry to hear the fate of him, but such is life I guess, we have had them hit our windows also with the same results. Hopefully the others in the area are a little more fortunate than this one.

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    1. Thanks Sara, I corrected my blog. We learn so much from our fellow bloggers. Hubby was surprised because it was a fairly large to be a grouse. Too bad we buried it... would have made someone a good dinner.

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  11. That's very sad...I have stuff on the windows to let them know that it's not a way into the garden...but they might occasionally still hit.

    Jen

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  12. Oh my, that is so sad. I just read Sara S comment. Interesting bird. I have never seen a Ruffed Grouse and would not have known what it was either.

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  13. He was a beauty! We sometimes hear small birds diving into our family room window. Some make quite a thud, but so far they've all flown merrily on their way.

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  14. Ah, that is so sad. He had to hit the house really hard for that to be the result (and for you to have heard it like that).

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  15. It has been so fast in action it has hit the house without noticing.

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  16. A partridge hit a window at a school where I worked long ago. THe principal retrieved the body and cooked it up in the school kitchen. I declined a taste.

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  17. I had the same thing happen with a partridge yesterday. Poor things.

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  18. sharp eye, Miss niece of mine, Sara. She's right about another thing...they get dumb, stupid in the fall during mating season., ain't that just like a man when he's pursuing a gal??? Sorry always to hear when this happens. We had a crow hit the cabin window once and it left a perfect wing impression on my window. I left it there a long time, cuz I liked it. However, when I finally washed it off, I couldn't believe how oily it was.
    Life is Still Good

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