We had a bit of nature excitement happening in our backyard this afternoon. A flock of Cedar Waxwings had landed in our mountain ash tree to munch on the berries. They are beautiful birds and for some unknown reason it seems a rare thing that we get birds visiting our backyard so we were really enjoying all the activity.
Suddenly there was a flurry of motion and we heard something hit our window. We looked down and saw this hawk standing in the snow. He must have swooped down in hopes of catching some cedar waxwing lunch but things went a bit awry.
The poor creature was stunned by the impact and stood there for a few minutes before flying up onto our fence to recover from the collision. The waxwings were long gone by this time.
He slowly made his way along the fence, hopping a few feet at a time and after about half an hour made the short flight up into the tree. We were starting to worry about him and wondered what we would do if he was still sitting there at the end of the afternoon. He stayed in the tree for a while grooming himself then finally flew off.
It had taken him a full 45 minutes to recover. It was a real treat to see such a beautiful bird up close like that, although I didn't like the circumstances that let that happen. We were relieved to see him flying and on his way again and happy that this little drama had a good ending.