Reprieve

Sitting on the back, screened-in porch,
the afternoon shadows were lengthening
as the overhead fan droned on while I read.
Suddenly, a scrambling racket was heard
crashing down the old palm.
A hawk had grabbed a squirrel
and had pinned him to the ground.
Spying me, he released his prey
and fled…the squirrel, a reprieve.

An entry for G-Man’s Flash Friday 55:  http://g-man-mrknowitall.blogspot.com/

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  1. bet that squirrel is eternally thankful for you right about now…bet it was a pretty intense moment for you as well…

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    • I’m sure that squirrel is very grateful..but it wasn’t me. This is based on a true experience by my son-in-law. I had a similar one but the hawk crashed into a tree trying to nab a squirrel while I looked on…again, the squirrel escaped.

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  2. That’s nature in all its comic confusion 🙂
    Good write…

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  3. Lucky escape – but did you not mean ‘pinned’ him to the ground? Or maybe the hawk was a writer, still holding the tools of his trade? LOL 🙂

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    • Oh, gosh…you are so right, Jinksy…I did mean pinned. That hawk did not take up a pen to grapple with that squirrel. Gosh, I hate when I do that…especially when I know better! Thanks, I’m going to change that right now.

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  4. Squirrels are my arch enemies. I would have rooted for the hawk.

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  5. Awww… glad for the squirrel… sad the hawk went hungry..great 55 🙂

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  6. This is lovely.

    And I love happy endings 🙂

    Love

    Christine xx

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  7. The squirrel is reprieved and the hawk goes hungry–yet there’s still a balance. Even our most random acts play into it. As always, you paint with nature’s brush most skillfully, bodhirose.

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  8. I had a similar thing happen with a hawk trying to nab a bird at my birdfeeder. I swear the thing gave me a dirty look before it flew off. I’m amazed that you actually saw one crash into a tree!

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    • I could picture the whole thing… I’ve seen squirrels sitting on the ground right underneath a perching hawk…no inclination from either one to run from or try to capture the other…I don’t get it!

      I call that crashing hawk, my “National Geographic” moment!

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  9. Funny…I never thought you to be a scary person.
    You must have that evil-eye…:-)
    Welcome back, I’ve missed you
    Loved your wildlife 55
    Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

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    • That is funny…I’m very scary! 😉 I always love joining you for the 55s. Now that I’m settled, I intend on visiting more often. Thanks always for the warm welcome, G-Man and enjoy your weekend to the fullest. xoxo

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  10. Hmm. Right moment, right place for the squirrel. But we know, someone else became a victim.

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  11. So true…that’s the way it goes.

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  12. Interesting and how unlikely that a bird of prey would react that way. You have special squirrel protective powers! 🙂

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  13. Oh I am so glad for the squirrel. Whoa!

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  14. A lucky escape for the squirrel… and I have had that happen in my own back garden, as a Sparrow Hawk took a sparrow.. the sparrow wasnt so lucky… Your words depicted the reprieve so perfectly 🙂

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    • Yes, lucky squirrel. I do love to witness those moments in nature…even though someone is the “loser.” I have not forgotten you, Sue..I will visit soon. My time is being taken up elsewhere these days. :~)

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  15. It started so peaceful and then … wham! That’s probably exactly as you felt. Well captured.

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  16. Hehe, your “National Geographic” moment indeed! I like squirrels (except when they dig at my bulbs) but I’m almost sorry the hawk lost his supper. I’ve seen hawks in motion when they catch their prey – there is a strength and beauty in their movement that is breath-taking to behold. Such energy, speed and focus. Well, he probably got a mouse or two later anyway. 🙂

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    • We sometimes forget to put the nature thing in perspective…hawks have to eat too, right?! There is a hawk that Mira and I have seen (and heard) on our daily walks. Once it sat in a nearby tree and we watched each other. They are so beautiful…and I love to hear its piercing cry. These are the things that excite me…nature’s show. :~)

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