High Drama Below the Feeder

We have literally hundreds of quail so it's not surprising that we get hawks occasionally. Mostly they patrol the pastures looking for field mice and gophers for which I am grateful. But yesterday morning one managed to get a quail and had it near the house and began pulling feathers for a meal.. It was too close to the house to get a picture but while it was preparing to chow down another hawk flew in and tried to steal the meal... Unsuccessful, it perched about 6' away on a log where I could get a good picture through the window..
It is a Sharp Shinned Hawk and they are the most common to fly in among the trees near the house... They are fantastic aerialists flying at full speed through branches and foliage....just amazing.

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