Tale Of The Shrew

One of the things that keep me going observing wildlife, is the new things I see and wonder about. Possibly learning by further watching. Yesterday the male eagle flew over the nest with oak leaves and continued on. Looking back at its talons as if to see what or if it had caught something. This looking back is often observed by birds of prey and they will sometimes kill what they have caught while gliding. The eagle dropped the oak leaves and swung down landing on the road and tried to catch a scurrying small rodent. The eagle finally gave up. The rodent continued towards me and I was able to take a few pics of it. It looked like a shrew although I have never seen one before except in books. Turns out we have short tailed shrews in Kentucky and they climb trees. Last week the same eagle brought in oak leaves another time. Perhaps containing a shrew in that mass ? I do know that most birds of prey are opportunists and will catch any available critter to eat…

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4 Responses to Tale Of The Shrew

  1. Larry A Patterson says:

    Jim, Neat Shots!!! Hope all is well.——–Larry

  2. NH Gardener says:

    I’ve never seen a shrew but that one looked hardly big enough for a snack for an eagle. It sure got the ride of its life!
    Interesting that eagles can look back like that when flying. You’d think they would flip over on their backs.
    Great shots!

    • Jim says:

      New Hampshire Gardener,
      First shrew I ever saw too. Yes it did. I have watched Peregrine falcons kill birds after they catch them flying like that. Thank You…

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