Hawk eats duck
Yesterday, I was treated to an unusual sight. A duck size hawk is sitting out in my yard while tons of birds are nearby at the bird feeder (like 20 feet or so). Usually, when you get one hawk, the whole area clears out.
I took a closer look and notice that the hawk is eating something really large. Perhaps the other bird know that the hawk is preoccupied or that a duck size hawk typically don't go after song birds. In any case, the hawk was eating away. An hour or two later, I decided to go out to see what it was. I walked to the site and realized the hawk was still there 5 feet in front of me. I decided to back away so he or she can continue eating. I returned after dark and discovered that it was a male mallard duck. Ducks often raid my ground feeder, but it's been snowing in IL and I haven't seen one for a week. Perhaps this guy got a late start and got caught in the snow and either expired or got caught by the hawk.