Scared for my dog
I have seen a large bird circling around our backyards twice this week.
Today at 5:30, the bird suddenly dove very quickly towards my 12 pound dog.
I ran towards the dog screaming and waving my arms.
The bird stopped diving and changed direction about 8 feet from the dog.
I am guessing a wing span of 3-4 feet but it was hard to tell in my panic.
I don't know what kind of bird it was, just that it was large and about to attack the dog. It looked all black when high up, but so do most birds.
I am guessing there is a nest nearby because I have seen it twice now. I would like the nest moved because there are a lot of small animals and kids in the area.
It is the corner of Sandringham and Yorkville in Courtice, Ontario. Hello Gail, I'm so glad you were able to prevent the Hawk from reaching your little dog, but there is nothing that the Ministry of Natural Resources will do about the location of the nest.
Owners of small dogs need to be vigilant if there are Hawks or Eagles in the area as the birds do see small pets as prey. Take a walking stick with you when your pet goes outside, and wave it if you see Hawks flying overhead.
The reality is that these birds have lived here for tens of thousands of years and we are just recent arrivals, and to the birds of prey it must seem as if we have brought lunch with us.