Sunday, January 2, 2011

Hawking For Hawks

This weekend there was a guy knocking on my door. One hand was bare, the other had a big leather glove with a piece of raw chicken on it.

"Sorry to bother you, but we're looking for our red-tailed hawk. Big bird, about 3 pounds. Solitary hunter."

What can you say? Feel free to have a look around. Apparently, they were hawking out in the woods, when the bird spotted something and took off. To make matters worse, the hawk's transmitter and bindings fell off so once they lost sight, they had no idea where the bird went. Usually they stick within a 5 mile radius, but so far, no luck.

I saw a trio of turkey buzzards circling in the sky, but no red-tailed hawks. Even if I did spot it, what am I going to do? Call here kitty, kitty and get my arm clawed off?

I don't know that much about it, but I always thought that hawking was super cool. It ranks right up there with knights and jousting. Watching the movie Ladyhawke a bazillion times in high school probably had something to do with it.

3 comments:

aka the Mom said...

That is so cool.

If they didn't find it by your house, they may need to come over close to ours. A hawk carried off my neighbor's little yappy teacup chihuahua. If it was their bird, I'd like to give it a reward.

Patrick said...

I totally saw a red tailed hawk on a power line near my house during a walk on Saturday. I took note of it and thought it was a little odd. We're only 7 or so miles from you. . .

Nod said...

@Pat - If he comes back, I'll tell him.

@theMom - Heh. I don't like yappy chihuahuas either.

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