The other day, enjoying the comfortable temperatures of the approaching evening, I went to sit in the screened in patio room. As I looked out into the yard before sitting down I saw a covey of quail scratching the ground for bugs.
Quail in the yard
I took a seat and was enjoying the peace and quiet.
All of a sudden the quail flew off in a panic. I have heard them before being startled, but this was a completely different call as they rapidly flew away. I got up to look and see what scared the birds. I did not see anything. So, I sat back down.
Toby, the ever watchful cat, was sitting at the door making a chirping sound and his eyes were glued on something in the yard. I got up and then hunkered down so that maybe I could see what had so captivated him. A flutter along our fence caught my eye! There was a hawk stuck in the fence!
How could this be you might ask. When we moved into this house, it had and still does have a four foot high metal fence that has four inch squares which surrounds the property. When our neighbors built their house they ran deer fencing around the property. It is made of a plastic mesh with one inch squares and is seven feet high. They butted this fence against our four foot fence, and this poor hawk was stuck between the two.
I ran into the house, told my husband of the birds dilemma, and ran outside grabbing a scissors on the way. As I got to where the bird was, I slowly moved towards it. The bird was almost at ground level with its wings stuck in two of the four inch squares, and his head stuck within one of the one inch squares on the neighbors fence.
I sat on the ground as I had to move a log that was nestled against the fence so I could really get a good look. The bird was watching me with its orange golden eye. My husband showed up at this point with a pair of wire cutters and nippers in case I needed to cut the virginia creeper. Gloveless, I reached my hand out to the bird speaking to it softly. It allowed me to touch its wings as I gently felt for a break. Not feeling anything amiss it let me move its wings out of the four inch squares so that it was not encumbered by that part of the fence.
Quickly, I cut the wire fencing. Grabbing the scissors next, I reached back to the bird and stroked its back still speaking softly and telling it that I was trying to help get it free. It watched as I snipped the plastic fencing away from the sides of its face. With the last snip the bird turned its head and looked at me, and then it flew off!
What an amazing experience to have saved this beautiful bird. Also amazing was that the bird did not feel threatened by me and allowed me to touch it several times with my bare hands. My husband said to me after the bird released and I sat there stunned on the ground, that I should have had a pair of gloves on. Somehow I just knew that this bird would not peck at me.
Yesterday afternoon the quail were back to scratching the ground in almost the same spot. They flew off again in a panic, and I saw the majesty of a hawk fly in. We think that this is a Coopers Hawk. I ran for the camera and this is the shot I was able to get of what could be or was the bird that I saved.
I wanted to share this incredible experience with you, and now that I have, go out and have a wonderful Saturday! And, thank you for stopping by!
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