Looking for Lunch
While working at my desk one winter’s afternoon, there came a loud thud near the office window. I quickly opened the shades and looked down to find a dove flopping on the ground after colliding with the window. I immediately put on my shoes so that I could go outside and see if this poor bird had sustained an injury from his accident. As I was leaving the office, I took one last glance out the window and noticed a second wild bird, a Cooper’s Hawk. The Cooper’s Hawk had landed on the sidewalk and was looking for the dove that it had been chasing. Luckily, between the hawk and the dove was a bush that hid the injured dove while it recuperated. I decide to grab my camera on the way out.
Once outside the hawk paid little attention to me, but more on where his meal went. He walked around the sidewalk for a bit, peering around, trying to find that dove. He then decided to go to a higher vantage point and shared a branch with our hummingbird feeder. Soon the hawk decided that either I was too close for comfort or his food had flown off.
I kept an eye on the dove the entire time and let it get its bearings. After the hawk flew off, I checked on the dove. To a non-veterinarians eye, it seemed only dazed so I took him to the backyard where there was fresh food and more cover so that it could recover and eventually return to the skies.