Wonderful Surprise Visitor!
by Juanne Michaud
(Windsor, Ontario, Canada)
I live in a small condo complex where the buildings are built around the block so as to create an interior open grassy square, with several middle-aged trees, which are home to a number of squirrels and birds.
I looked out of my window onto this area and saw a small raptor sitting on the ground, looking around.
I'm not a birder so I can't identify the species but here is what I observed:
Flat head; typical hawk beak
Brown & white mottled markings
I would guess the body to be about the size to be about the size of a domestic chicken. No estimate of tail length or wing width as I did not see them.
I would guess it was on the ground for about 10 - 15 minutes. Long enough for me to become concerned enough to look up the local wildlife rescue organization, anyhow. I was just about to call when I looked out again and it was gone.
If anyone could give me an idea of the type of raptor I saw, that'd be great.
I will keep an eye out; it was a delight to see a bird like this in the midst of the city.