Freeway Update

Usually when I glance out at the Cat Freeway I will see a familiar cat. It isn’t often that I see a new cat in the neighborhood. So when I thought I saw a brown cat on the freeway I took a second look. It was not a brown cat or any cat at all for that matter.

One morning about 2 years ago I noticed 4 big black crows sitting on the a wire out behind our house. I noticed them because they were making so much noise! If there is any truth to crows having their own langugage — well these guys must have been arguing because they sure seemed to be yelling at one another. They were still there later that morning. Later I went out to pet Twursula who was sitting on the Freeway sunning herself. I looked up to see if the crows were still there. They were not — they had been replaced by a small brown hawk.

Was the hawk that was now on the Freeway that same hawk all grown up? This one wasn’t on the electrical wire but was sitting right on the Freeway/Fence! And sitting in the grass gazing up at it and drooling was Twiggy, who seemed to be trying to decide whether she was up for the challenge of getting this bird! Remember, Twiggy is an awesome bird hunter. But this hawk was almost as big as Twiggy and while Twiggy was thinking the bird would make a good dinner the hawk seemed to be thinking Twiggy would make a good snack!

Small hawk sitting on the electric pole

I went to grab the camera but of course by the time I got back the hawk had flown off. Thankfully, it left Twiggy behind! The photo above is of the baby hawk from 2 years ago.

About Kc

Kc is the Mom to 3 cats and lives in sunny Southern California. The Cat Freeway runs through her backyard and brings with it lots of guest cats and the occasional opossum and lizard!
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3 Responses to Freeway Update

  1. Hawks can be a real threat to a smaller animal here in Oklahoma – I am uneasy about the possibility of a hawk carrying off my little Chihuahua, Alfie. My cats are not outside cats yet, but the hawks are a real concern and some of them are quite large. And I do not live in the country but in the heart of the city. This article makes me even more aware!

    • Kc says:

      I was not aware that Oklahoma had so many hawks. It would concern me, too. If I thought hawks were a real danger to my cats they would quickly become indoor cats. In our 6 years in this area this is only the 2nd time I’ve ever seen one and I hope it doesn’t come back!

  2. Sandy says:

    I worry about hawks here in Michigan as well. Every now and then we see one swooping through our back yard. I pray he never decides to have one of our cats for a snack. Tell Twiggy to set her sights a little lower and stick with lizards!!! They’re way creepier, but safer.

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