Please excuse the poor quality of the pictures. Neither of our cameras has a good zoom and my camera, as it turns out, was dying. (Remember the stripes on the computer?)
I was in the bathroom and looked out the window and saw this:
I began snapping pictures as fast as the camera would go, thinking that any minute now he was going to look up, see me and take off. And then he did turn and look at me.
I wish I could say one of us got the money shot. But no, when he took off we both missed it. I did, however, get a blurry close-up right before take-off.
This hawk is a Cooper’s Hawk. It is a smallish hawk of the woodlands. Their short broad wings allow them to maneuver sharply between the trees in pursuit of their prey which is small birds and mammals. There is roughly 10 feet between our house and the tree outside the kitchen window with the feeders. I have seen these guys dip sharply in that small space to pick a bird off the feeder. Amazing. They will even dive into brush or run along the ground in pursuit of dinner! 😀
Now, from a spiritual standpoint, Hawk flies into your life to alert you that a message is on its way to help you to your destiny. He is a messenger of the sky. You’re being asked to pay attention, look around you. An opportunity may be coming your way. Or you may be asked to use Hawk’s vantage point to see what in your life stops you from flying.
This site has a very nice explanation of Hawk’s meaning http://www.shamanicjourney.com/article/6020/hawk-power-animal-messenger-discernment-intuition-observation-wisdom-courage-truth–
But here’s a question – How does the meaning change if your Hawk visitor is only visiting because he knocked himself silly? 😀