When you spend a lot of time outdoors you get to see strange things happen. Birds are consumate improvisors and they are always open to the demands of the moment. So while they may have regular habits, weird things do occur and the field guide will only help you to a point… the rest is just watching. Here now, with brief captions, are some oddities. Please add your unusual sightings in the comments.
This post could be called “Redshoulders do the darndest things” because they have great capacity for strange behaviour. They are known for capturing ground prey but as generalists they are more than happy to take birds… though Rock Pigeons are on the upper end of their scale. The hawk above had the pigeon by only a wingtip and a leg and had to drop it.
What have you seen out of the ordinary lately?