[bristol-birds] Broadwing won't budge

  • From: "Mayhorn" <mayhorn@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Bristol Birds" <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 19:03:54 -0400

Bristol Area Birders,
Yesterday morning early I had to make a short drive around our mountain. On
the way back I was in a bit of a hurry because I wanted to get back home
before sunrise. That's when the migration action really starts in my yard.
Ahead on the highway I saw what I thought was a crow sitting in the middle
of the roadway. As I drew nearer it didn't fly as I expected it would. It
was then I realized it was a Broadwing sitting there looking very
unconcerned. By the time I stopped I was within 10 or 12 feet of the bird.
Luckily there were no other vehicles on the road. On the pavement beside the
bird was a large dark-winged insect. It could have been a Damselfly or
possibly a large Digger Wasp. After about 20 or 30 seconds the hawk reached
out and captured the insect in its talons. It sat there for another 10-15
seconds then flew off to the left into the woods, displaying the striking
tail bands as it went.
As I drove on home I replayed in my mind the pleasant little nature clip I
had just witnessed.  I also wished I had had my video camera with me.

Roger Mayhorn
Grundy, VA


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