On February 13, 2014, Vicky Henry wrote:
I enjoyed the Feldmans' piece on hawk hunting; although I would have preferred the verb: viewing.
I live in northwest Ann Arbor near Bird Hills forest and we have a wider variety of hawks in our neighborhood than just the red-tail. During the last thaw I had a Sharp-shinned hawk drinking from my pond. We see the Sharp-shin hunting around our bird feeders and in our rangy forsythia. About a week ago a Cooper's hawk hung out in the maple tree on our neighbors' extension. Anytime the crows get noisy and the patio, where the birds and squirrels feed, becomes quiet, I search the sky and trees for hawks.
Because we have a pond we have welcomed many birds to our backyard. The most stunning visitor this fall was the Great Blue Heron. With its neck fully extended it stood nearly five feet tall! It was a beautiful sight, but my feelings were mixed. It had, indeed, fed at my pond. I lost most of my fish to the heron this year.
One of the things that I love about living in A2 is that I have wildlife in my yard every day.