This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Friday, October 10, 2008

falcon attack

My son and I had quite a sight today at the garden. We felt a swoosh of air and a squawk and looked up and saw a falcon flying off with a sparrow. I felt the attack above me as I tied my pear tree in the garden - I felt the movement of air as the falcon moved off with his prey. I think the sparrow was flying over my garden behind me and I bet the falcon was waiting in the tall ash tree next to the garden. My guess is it was a peregrine, maybe a big kestrel. It was a mid-size raptor with no trouble holding onto the crying sparrow in flight. Sam had been busy crushing rocks with a sledge hammer. He said "Poor sparrow." I was too surprised to grab my camera and just watched.

In retrospect, I think was probably a Coopers' hawk.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Susie said...

Circle of life, right?

October 10, 2008 10:06 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

Yes, just what I thought. Its great to have a little piece of land where we can see the circle.

October 10, 2008 10:10 PM

 
Blogger Barbee' said...

It's a jungle out there!

October 11, 2008 4:30 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Skippy
How does one rent space at the Victory Garden?

October 25, 2008 10:32 AM

 

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