Sunday, 4 October 2009

An Unexpected Visitor and a Sad End.

I thought I heard the back door to the garden (here) shut, but when I looked out, there was nobody there.

I assumed it must have been my neighbour's car door that I heard.

But when I went out to the driveway later, I was startled to find this.

He must have flown into the window in the door. I think it's a juvenile Red tailed hawk.

I called the kids next door over to look, as it's not often they'll see such a gorgeous bird so close.

But now, what to do with a large dead bird? I couldn't dump such a magnificent bird in the garbage, he deserved better than that, so I dug a hole and buried him in my back yard, under a little ornamental fir. Dust to dust ....

24 comments:

Beverly said...

I always hate when something like that happens. They are such beautiful birds. Too bad the kids couldn't have seen him sitting on a branch or on a fencepost somewhere.

Hilary said...

Oh that's a heartbreaker. Shammie you're a good person for giving it a more dignified good-bye. You did right.

madretz said...

RIP poor little hawkie.

Ash said...

Awww! Thats sad. I'm touched to see you gave it a dignified burial. Bravo!

Changes in the wind said...

It is too bad this happened but glad for the choice you made.

Peter said...

I would have hated to see this, actually already your photo upset me! Good action to bury it properly! !-)

R. Duckie said...

ouch! Poor birdie.

Suldog said...

I love to watch the hawks fly high overhead around here in Boston. Rarely do I get a chance to see one up close, though. Sad that this one seems to have met such a sad end. Possibility he had a heart attack or something in mid-air and just happened to hit your door after he was already dead? Probably not, huh?

sonia a. mascaro said...

That is very sad...poor juvenile hawk...
This happened in my house, too. One time was an owl and another a pigeon...

About ivy houses, it's beautiful, but I think there are many insects, spiders and so one on the ivy.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Poor sweet Juvinile Hawk....Very sad. He looked very very beautiful. Brava to you that you gave him a proper burial....I've only seen my Hawks throih the Camera lens...and though I can get pretty close---It certainly was never as close as this. As you said---A Sad End!

rosemary said...

I have just done a moment of silence for your friend. I bury all of the ones I find too....they fly into the windows and the grouse and doves who are at the distant end of smart fly into the garage doors. sniff, sigh for your hawk.

Bogey said...

What a heartbreaking end for such an elegant bird. I agree with Hilary, you did the right thing. I could only imagine the speed at which it was flying to come to such an abrupt ending.

photowannabe said...

What a beautiful bird and such a shame he's gone. I really like you burying him instead of the garbage.
Thanks for your well wishes. The DRs couldn't confirm it was the piggy flu since I was past the testing time, but I really think it was the awful flu. Hope you can stay clear of it. Lost 9 pounds but that's the hard way to do it. Not recommended.

Xtreme English said...

life is shorter for some than for others. how respectful and loving to give the bird a proper burial. lovely creature....

Vaggelis said...

it's so sad

Craver Vii said...

Are you absolutely sure he was dead? What if he was just napping? ... in the middle of your driveway ...after a major drinking binge.

Charles Bjørnsen Ravndal said...

Oh my that's so sad. I really admire hawks or eagles since I think they're regal and beautiful birds!

lettuce said...

:-[


so beautiful, even in death

Ginnie said...

Awwww. You did your good deed for the day, Sham! Actually TWO good deeds...since the neighbor kids got to see it!

Neva said...

wow....what a sad ending. Nice of you to bury him....

Vagabonde said...

We love critters in my household and feel so sorry that this lovely bird had such a sad ending. Thanks for taking care of him gently.

Anvilcloud said...

Aw, poor bird. What a sentimentalist you are = nice.

Ming the Merciless said...

You have such a kind soul! All hawks and birds in the universe appreciate your kindness and effort.

edward said...

it was nice of you to provide him with a decent burial.