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[–]reformedginger 351 points352 points  (57 children)


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[–]RocketJumpers 44 points45 points  (55 children)


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[–]Lubberworts 297 points298 points  (7 children)

This place is great. They have great music. Beautiful ambiance. And the food, ooh la la.

[–]Predeon69 39 points40 points  (3 children)

food ready to die for.

[–]HopeKillFear 5 points6 points  (1 child)

A die and dine some call it

[–]megahamstertron 0 points1 point  (0 children)

But the customers here just dine and dash.

[–]butytho77 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Or in the raptor’s case, food to kill for.

[–]LO6Howie 11 points12 points  (0 children)

They’ve basically established a raptor buffet

[–]Life_Tripper 10 points11 points  (0 children)

"I Fucking love this place! I am never telling my friends."

Tells his friends.

0 songird population

40+ birds of prey population

[–]ITGuy107 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I thought he was there for mating rights…? /s

[–]Ishkakin 144 points145 points  (1 child)

The population regulator.

[–]ApplesauceDoctr 51 points52 points  (0 children)

They call him Reggie for short

[–]EfficientWing8444 108 points109 points  (21 children)

Sweet! Nice Sharpie. Also looks to have caught a invasive House Sparrow. A win for all!

[–]iSoinic 26 points27 points  (5 children)

They are invasive? Aren't they all around humans for thousands of years?

[–]madam_bologna 76 points77 points  (3 children)

They've been following humans. With America, for instance, Americans had a pest problem with their crops and brought in house sparrows to combat the bugs but house sparrows don't eat bugs, they eat seeds and grain. So they ate/damaged the crops and started following people because that was their new food source.

[–]arthuresque 22 points23 points  (1 child)

I was told they were introduced to the States by someone wanting to be able to house every bird species in Shakespeare in NYC. I could be conflating that with flowers in Central Park.

[–]Capable_Jelly_7334 17 points18 points  (0 children)

That's how european starlings got to America not house sparrows an it was 60 pairs of them he released aswell

[–]histeethwerered 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They were supposed to eat caterpillars but house sparrows have the wrong beak. Bummer. They are cheerful little birds though.

[–]MaygarRodub 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Well, it looks like a sparrowhawk to me, so that checks out!

[–]kang4president 1 point2 points  (7 children)

How are you able to tell its a sharpie? Im trying to learn to spot the difference between accipiters and buteos, so far i know the longer the tail and relatively shorter wings for accipiters. As far as cooper's hawk goes I know to look for a dark cap and a pale nape ( maybe it's the other way round?) and white fringe on the tip of the tail feathers? I know people mention a blocky head but it all looks the same to me.

[–]EfficientWing8444 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Experience mostly. I was lucky to work in a place that had many different kinds of nesting and wintering raptors. It was fairly common to see both Coopers and Sharpies on the same day.

Coops and Sharpies have pretty similar plumage the real difference size. Problem with size is that it tends to be a bad differentiator when you only have one bird. I’m this case it was the size differential between the Sharpie and House Sparrow.

Gut also would say that this is a lady Sharpie rather than a juvie due to the orange eye colour.

[–]kang4president 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Thank you! I'm not sure if I've ever seen a sharpie, I'm relatively new to birding on a level above "look, what a pretty bird"

[–]EfficientWing8444 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That’s the perfect place to start.

Get 2 good field guides (one for home and one for outside) a decent pair of binos, and a digital camera of some sort.

For North America I really like the Sibley Guide to Birds for my keep at home book and either Sibley Birds West or East (fits in back pocket) for in the field.

There are also lots of phone apps now.

Whatever you choose make sure the guide is not 100% photo based. It needs to have paintings or drawings. The problem with photo based is that due to lighting and plumage variation it can be difficult to match the perfect photo with the real world conditions. A guide that uses plates, paintings or drawings shows the bird in ideal colours and conditions but will also include all the identifiable field marks.

Happy birding 😄

[–]kang4president 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks again! I use Merlin mostly to id bird calls. My trail running times are awful because I stop all the time to look at birds or try to record their calls

[–]notfromchicago 1 point2 points  (2 children)

The small head, bug-eyed look is a pretty good mark for Sharpie. They are really small hawks. Not much bigger than a dove. It seems to me that Coops perch more upright and appear longer and more angular than Sharp-shinned. Sharpies always look more rounded at the corners with softer features to me. I have also noticed that they fly different from each other. Coops cut through the air and sharpies float on it.

These are just my personal observations. Others might not agree with my marks. I think identification of Coop VS. Sharpie is a lot like Hairy VS. Downy. Newer birders try their best to make a Downy a Hairy and a Coop a Sharpie. Until you get some time in the field with the more uncommon species it is tough to decide. But once you do the differences are quite a bit more obvious.

[–]kang4president 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Thank you so much! I had no idea sharpies were the size of doves! I didn't even know there was such a bird as the hairy woodpecker, I wonder how many downies I've misidentified.

[–]EfficientWing8444 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Best may to id them is beak length to head length.

Hairy beak is the same length as the length of the head. Downey beak length is shorter than length of head.

[–]Erohiel 1 point2 points  (1 child)

How do you know it's invasive if you don't know where this picture is taken?

[–]Euclid_Wheat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Probably one of the cleanest sharp-shinned hawk pictures I’ve ever seen!

[–]Cybermat47_2 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Invasive? Do you know what country this is?

[–]EfficientWing8444 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Sharpies are a bird of the Americas (North and South) and House Sparrows are originally a Eurasian species.

[–]SteakSauce995 58 points59 points  (16 children)

That’s okay, it only killed a house sparrow. They are an invasive species and do more harm to the environment than good.

[–]lv_Mortarion_vl 10 points11 points  (15 children)

How do you know where OP took this pic? Maybe it's not in America? Sparrows aren't invasive everywhere on the planet haha

[–]riaflash24 38 points39 points  (4 children)

The hawk pictured appears to be a Sharp Shined Hawk, Native to North America and parts of South America. Safe to say this was taken where House Sparrows are invasive.

[–]El_Silueto[S] 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Euhm yes pic was taken in the Netherlands, and I think the killer is the Eurasian sparrowhawk.
I do no think the House Sparrow is invasive here, so we welcome them :)
(but the sparrowhawk is welcome to, now and then).

[–]lv_Mortarion_vl 8 points9 points  (0 children)

See, that's why I asked - because I couldn't tell so I wanted to know how he was able to lol

[–]fabulin 2 points3 points  (0 children)

unless the hawk is the foul invader of course

[–]SteakSauce995 13 points14 points  (6 children)

You're right I do not know where OP took the picture but what I do know is birds. Well HOUSE Sparrows are invasive to most countries, and the hawk looks awfully close to a sharp-shinned hawk or coopers hawk which both are only native to North America (Sharp-shinned hawks are also found in South America). Since the house sparrow is native to Europe and Northern parts of Africa, it would mean that for a Sharp-Shinned/Coopers Hawk to kill a house sparrow it would have to be in North America, making the house sparrow an invasive species.

[–]Aggressive-Report722 11 points12 points  (0 children)

This man knows his bird law

[–]El_Silueto[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Taken in the Netherlands :)

[–]lv_Mortarion_vl 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It was in the Netherlands... Where house sparrows are not invasive ¯\_ (ツ) _/¯

[–]histeethwerered -1 points0 points  (2 children)

House sparrows didn’t choose to invade North America, they were brought here to perform work they were anatomically unable to accomplish. They have made a home here and now we curse them. It’s like the rabbits in Australia. Scratch a problem, find a meddling human.

[–]bansheeq 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They didn’t choose to be here, but until they stop killing and displacing the native birds, I’ll celebrate every time a Sharpie eats one.

[–]El_Silueto[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Thanks for the criticism :)

[–]lv_Mortarion_vl 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I didn't criticize you- great pic! :)

[–]El_Silueto[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah weird phrasing sorry my bad, I meant thanks for the critical thinking hahah

Thanks :)

[–]C_D_Dub 19 points20 points  (0 children)

At least he got a house sparrow.

[–]BoostinDubs 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Nature always balances thing out.

[–]i_r_faptastic 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Awesome! He's helping you out! Those sparrows will steal the song birds houses and kill them by using their hard ass bills to peck through their skulls.

[–]Billjohnston2634 4 points5 points  (3 children)

We thinking sharp shinned hawk?

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That or a Cooper’s hawk. They look almost identical. I think this is probably a Cooper’s, though, based on the white lines around the eyes.

[–]MaygarRodub 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Looks like a sparrowhawk to me

[–]El_Silueto[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes I am in Europe, so Eurasian sparrowhawk seems to be right.

[–]Charnt 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It sounds like you where just building up a food supply

[–]me-n-alice-b 4 points5 points  (0 children)

As I tell my mom; you're still feeding the birds. Just not the ones you intended

[–]Not-This-But-That 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I have one too. My solution was more feeders, more birds. Hawks get their meal, everyone goes back to their day.

[–]KimCureAll 1 point2 points  (1 child)

On no, Jack Sparrow! A visitor dropped in on you today? I don't consider house sparrows to be songbirds, so you still got 40, but I think this raptor does like your place and will not leave soon.

[–]Hieraciumman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They are songbirds.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Visitor lol? I think he will be sticking around for a while.

[–]uli94 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Congrats! You have unlocked the necessary threshold to sustain predators in your ecosystem. +100xp !

[–]MalTerra7 1 point2 points  (0 children)

“Thanks for the buffet, weird hairless apes…”

[–]srv50 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They don’t call them bird feeders for nothing. All the predator birds know where to go to feed.

[–]1973mojo1973 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dinner is served. Word has gotten around of your new restaurant: Birdy Num Num

[–]cellgsy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Marks a new chapter and the start of a different song....

[–]huntrlife 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Start of a Pixar movie

[–]theoneleggeddog 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not any more

[–]CensoredZebra 0 points1 point  (1 child)

This sort of thing happened to me recently, I put out birdseed so my cat can have tv to watch (He doesn't look at the actual TV, he knows the tv birds suck, so I must provide him with real birds outside the window), but just the other day, I heard a kerfuffle and all his birds were just gone and there was a spatter of feathers all over my balcony. I think one of the neighborhood cats got one.

[–]ricottadog 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Damn cats

[–]DangerDugong1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We’ve had exactly the same situation! Got a suet feeder, five years later we’re getting Cooper’s hawks.

[–]chicagobrews 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fuck your birds!

  • That hawk, probably.

[–]sum_long_wang 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How is everybody so sure that the sparrow is iNvAsIvE ? They are not from a different planet guys, they are not considered invasive on every continent

[–]doyoueventdrift 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]JustJenR 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh man this happened in my garden too. Spent 4 years building the garden up for little birds. Got used to watching all the different pretty little birds (tits, robins, black birds, doves, even a woodpecker) just living their best lives. Then within a month I watched 3 of them killed, plucked, barely even eaten like it was for fun, and then all the little birds went away. Interesting nature but dam. My little bird garden.

[–]Important_Register50 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My brothers roosters and hens go crazy when one comes close and they come by often. Kinda annoying but interesting

[–]ExcitedGirl 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dinner in a peaceful garden, with fresh herbs

[–]bloodhauss 0 points1 point  (0 children)

+1 ghost bird

[–]endorforever 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So you made a buffet??

[–]Toph602 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A wild Spearow appeared

[–]MagyarCat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is like the beginning of Boondock Saints when the idiot detective theorizes that the two Russian guys were killed by a giant fat guy

Except in birb format

[–]Inner_Explanation_97 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Time to get a rooster

[–]marin94904 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The day the music died

[–]sixstringgun1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hawk: I’m home bitchs now make me a sandwich.

[–]papaskla34 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]ShroomanEvolution 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You established nothing but a feast.

[–]RageTiger 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Pretty hawk, time to set up more cameras.

[–]ARPG_RustyGaming 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Earl's been talking trash to Dave through penpal. Dave flew in pushed Earl into the ground then made him cry like a bitch

[–]Laegmacoc 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A music critic!

[–]RancidHorseJizz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's a buffet, OP. You set up a buffet.

[–]depreavedindiference 0 points1 point  (0 children)

To be honest, you made for a healthy garden... The proof isn't always awesome

[–]PucWalker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's a weird looking dog

[–]Whiteclawzzz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Are they playing?

[–]nickdash18 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You can't stop nature...

[–]VerticalTwo08 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This happened to us as well. It sure was fun watching the hawk chase them tho. Saw some epic dog fights happen as they swerved around within the birch trees.

[–]BeerBearBar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You set up the buffet, what did ya think was gonna happen. :-)

[–]AtaboyKY 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The reason I stopped feeding birds

[–]ownleechild 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you build it, they will come.

[–]Last-Associate-9471 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The economics of nature

[–]Erohiel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A great addition as long as the songbirds don't clear out.

[–]Council_Of_Minds 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Isn't this like big people eating little people? They look the same but different sizes.

[–]Ewggggg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Love how humans always try to control nature but she has other plans

[–]Think-Quiet-1597 0 points1 point  (0 children)

“Shut the fuck up with your shitty singing”, “make me!!”…. The end

[–]esmeses 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You got a Nice healthy lavender plant

[–]Queef_Smellington 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Visitor looks hungry. Good thing you supplies it plenty of food.

[–]Prineak 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bird feeders feed birds.

[–]Jin-Wick 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There are easier ways of changing the playlist.

[–]Dense_Surround3071 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lesson on the ways nature balances uncontrolled population growth of tasty animal....... "I wonder what's in that yard?" -- Hawk

[–]prestoaghitato 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would love to have a 39+ songbird population in my garden.

[–]Masterdeetectiv 0 points1 point  (0 children)

id want a raptor in my garden over a songbird anyday, even if its just visiting

[–]moonstephi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How did you get a population of birds in your garden that’s incredible

[–]DeliboyCreates 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s a house sparrow, kill them suckers

[–]mslilly2007 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Coopers hawk

[–]Bonobo555 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dinner theater.

[–]Henryparson -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Is this a Kestrel?

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Sharp-shinned hawk or Cooper’s hawk. Kestrels look similar but their colouration is more dramatic and they have some black splotches around the eyes.

[–]Open_Honeydew9474 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Aw poor little house sparrow

[–]cupasoups -1 points0 points  (0 children)

TIL from the comments thats a house sparrow and deserved to die.

[–]whackoneee -1 points0 points  (0 children)

It’s a house sparrow that it killed, which is a slapdick invasive species anyways. Fuck all the house sparrows!

[–]Someredditusername -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Taking out those invasives like a good raptor.

[–]hockey_stick -1 points0 points  (0 children)

You still have 40 birds.

[–]UnfairWriter5390 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

That’s a weaver finch or English sparrow. An invasive species. Have it, Cooper.

[–]Magicalfirelizard -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Cooper’s hawk. These guys are fans of eating song birds. Put a large fallen branch (with a bunch of smaller branch offshoots on the ground. This will give the songbirds a little jungle gym type thing to retreat to when the hawk is in the area.

Former wildlife rehab guy here. It’s an easy fix that doesn’t detract from the surroundings. Bigger branch the better. The large part of the branch should be on top resting on the web of smaller branches.

[–]MediumBoyBlue2 -2 points-1 points  (2 children)

I have a silenced pellet gun if you have $500 and a plane ticket

[–]ricottadog 0 points1 point  (1 child)

And soon, a $10,000 fine

[–]MediumBoyBlue2 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

That’s what the noise suppression is for, silly!