We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Oh my, Dr. K! Cruelty? Have we gone so softy that the entire world of carnivores meets with your moral disapproval? Is a carnivore capable of "cruelty"? Or is this the vision of a TV-captive world which thinks hamburgers are born in plastic packages somewhere and have nothing to do with living, breathing steers (castrated bulls)?
How hard is it for us, even hardened old me, to remember that this is Nature's design - herbivores, carnivores and omnivores (like thee and me). Indeed, Acts 10:9-13 says:
About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles of the earth and birds of the air. Then a voice told him, 'Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.'"
Not surprisingly, Nature's plan turns out to be God's plan too!
Great pix, Gwynnie! I can never get so close. Haven't a clue what kind it is, but am in awe that you got those shots. The detail of the feathers and everything all pink. Wow! (we can't have a birdfeeder as our cat is such an efficient killing machine that it would be cruel to lure them to their deaths). Sent BD one dark one I got of a redtail eating a mole in a tree that we saw on an early evening walk this fall.
I've had a Sharpie visit my feeders for the past two years and have some dandy photos taken by my son.
Sharpies have a square tail and Coopers have a rounded tail.
The eye color on my son's pics is yellow, otherwise the birds look identical.
Awesome catch, BTW.
We have decided it is a sharpie as what the photos don't really show is scale, and it seems to have been smaller than the 16" that Sibley tells us for a Coopers. There is an interesting narrow dark collar at the base of the neck, but Sibley shows for neither, and we can't find our Hoffman guide with its computer-enhanced photos.