If you follow Garden Walk Garden Talk, you know that I live at Niagara Falls. I walk there quite often to see what is going on, especially in winter. Today was a sight I have never seen in the tourist area of the Falls, where the very tame squirrels get hand fed by the tourists. An unusually timid visitor came to join the action.
While watching a few tourists feed squirrels, they were just amazed at how close they got to the squirrels. They were snapping cell phone cameras in the tiny faces, and I just had to snap a few images of squirrels waiting their turn for a snack. Aren’t they just adorable?
What the squirrels nor tourists realized, there was a hawk sitting right above all of us, not more than 35 feet above our heads peering down on what he was hoping would be his dinner. This really is rare for a hawk to come into a place with so much human activity. I saw him fly in out of the corner of my eye. We were at the door to the visitor’s center under the arbor steps from the door. The hawk was in a tree next to the arbor.
The tourists never saw the hawk and left, but finally a squirrel let out the warning call and all squirrels dispersed. I was hoping they remained because I was pretty sure the hawk would not grab one right in front of me. Since the noisy squirrel alerted everybody else…
I decided to move out in the open to get a closer image of the hawk. Being far too close to me to get him all in the frame, he flew right over my head. No squirrel was harmed, but he could have easily grabbed the pom-pom on my hat and made off.