We feed a lot of birds here in the back yard and outside my kitchen area. I have at least 4 feeders that, during the summer, I fill daily. I can actually fill them twice a day most summer days! At an given time I can have 50 to 80 birds either on the feeders or the ground scrounging for the spilled seed or for the larger black sunflower seeds kicked out by the smaller birds looking for the tasty millet. One day we counted 15 varieties of bird and three varieties of squirrel!
The answer became clear tht afternoon. A red-tail hawk positioned himself in the tree above the feeders and waited. He had had free access for 10 days with no interruptions from dogs or people and he took full advantage of it.
Slowly the birds came back but not in as great numbers, so he must have feasted on bird for a while.
Every once in a while I see the hawk in the tree, or in the driveway trees. And more often than that I will see a pile of downy feathers on the ground. I once watched an owl get a squirrel dinner on my front lawn!
So when I looked out my kitchen window and saw the foot tall hawk sitting not 8 feet from the house, watching the kitchen feeder, I ran for the camera. I think it was either a Red Tailed Hawk or a Swainson's Hawk. Both are spectacular birds. But they do eat my feeding birds.
You wont' get to see pictures because the camera has given up the ghost. So I am not sure to call it lucky that it is so close to Christmas and my birthday so I can get a new one, or to say I am unlucky now that I will get a camera for my birthday since it is so convenient.
I can't complain, I have used this Sony Cybershot across the world, taken 1000s of pictures with it and it hs served me well. I take pictures every day and carry it in my purse with me all the time. It sits in my hot car, and takes spectacular photos every time!
On the other hand, you would think that after 58 years, I would be used to having a birthday so close to Christmas, but I am not. I really hate it.
Because, you know, any other month of the year, I would have just gotten a new camera anyway!