More than attack—the hawk had the flicker in its claws on our backyard lawn area where the attack apparently had taken place, but was struggling to get up. With Flicker flapping and “peep-peep-peeep”ing, they were sweeping at ground level across the lawn toward the “old field’ vegetation and trees beyond. Not sure how much my coming outside influenced the outcome, but moments after I saw the moving duo, the flicker got free and flew strongly away, calling loudly.
Whew—that would have been one chunky dinner for any young hawks... ALSO Green Heron note: Green Heron nests were several in the Hile School Rd Wetland last year, but I had not confirmed any this year:. While collecting Helisoma snails from the very green duckweedy surface, I watched a very vocal Green Heron repeatedly coming out of the still leafless bushes of the swamp in the NE section of the wetland, and foraging along the E margin of the bushes with the main N water body. Vocalizing as it flew out toward foraging, like a female redwinged blackbird leaving her nest area. (I have no idea if this is an appropriate comparison.) I have not yet been able to see a nest. Anne 147 Hile School Rd Freeville 13068 -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --