Join Date: Dec 2010
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Hawk Home Invasion!
Okay, you're not gonna believe this: I'm in Austin, Texas, and the local mockingbirds were recently in the middle of a major egg-hatching season. This attracted some unsavory characters from the animal kingdom to our neighborhood, all looking to make an easy meal out of a fallen baby bird.
I was at a friend's house when my gf Betsy called up out of breath and told me about something she and our conure had just experienced. She was upstairs and Krikkit was in the downstairs cage when Betsy started hearing horrible noises and ran down the stairs. Somehow, BOTH the back door and Krikkit's cage door had come open, and there was a freaking HAWK in the condo getting ready to have a go at making some conure stew! In the process of defending our bird from the invader, my gf recieved several hawk bites and claw slashes in the process before she managed to chase the predator out!
As I said, I wasn't there, but when I got home I found leaves from the bush by our back door strewn all over the kitchen, living room and bathroom (how the hawk's entrance resulted in so many leaves getting spread around the floor is beyond me). Even though the two birds had never actually come into contact with each other, my gf told me to keep Krikkit close to me for the rest of the day and make sure she wasn't traumatized; I really never saw any signs that she'd been upset by the fracas at all.
Since then, we've had no hawk sightings, apart from a single "fly-by" a week later that we spotted through the upstairs "budgie/conure leftovers wild bird feeding window". it took almost a week for my gf's wounds to all completely heal -- the worst of it was a pretty nasty bite on her left forearm.
I gotta admit, I wish I had been there to see this all in person! And if you're waiting for a punch line, there ain't one -- this really happened!