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  1. Beautiful, Mary. There is so much to see in vestiges of life, in this case of the bird, it goes to show you that not everything on top of the food chain stays there! Once in a while, something meets its match and conflicts with its own kind, dicing with death. Beautiful white flowers, OH SO BEAUTIFUL! Anita

  2. The flowers are beautiful! I love the red, so pretty. Sometimes the young hawks do not survive? Have a great day!

  3. If it had become prey, it could have been killed and eaten by an eagle or a larger hawk. If it was lame or feeble, it could have lost a battle with a snake. And that’s the extent of my knowledge about how hawks can become prey! I wonder if it could have just reached the end of its life and then been eaten?

    Sometimes in the woods, we find the remains of critters like voles that were eaten by hawks. The hawks eat the whole vole, then regurgitate what they can’t digest. So we find balls of fur and bones, and we know what happened… Not pretty, but it is nature being natural.

    I love those little white flowers!
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  4. Not bones of a Hawk . . . it’s the remains of “Dancing Rock”. Very sacred spirit found in Indian mythology. Similar in character to the trickster coyote but more down to earth in nature. Very rare find indeed. Congratulation!

  5. Maybe it was a female hawk who got egg bound. Raising birds of many kinds this can hsppen. Sometimes a wind storm will kill lots of birds. Bigger prey or perhaps poison
    Was the problem
    Those flowers were breath taking.

  6. Oh, that is an interesting photo. I often say, it’s a bird-eat-bird world out there. (I took a photo on our hike of a cow carcass. It was so odd to see it there, on our hike. It was fairly fresh, but picked pretty clean, except for the hide. I’m assuming he must have gotten separated from the herd somehow and wandered off, and then a mountain lion got him.)
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  7. You and I took photos of the same flowers in the red rock desert!!! I was in the San Rafael Swell, so a good bit north of you but the paintbrush was blooming there too.

    I think the bones are cool. I wonder if the hawk got hurt somehow and then was preyed upon by a mammal. Or is the hawk got poisoned (like by eating a poisoned mouse). Just two thoughts… I do like the photo despite the morbidity.
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  8. Love seeing the wildflowers, Mary! Beautiful. I used to think Indian Paintbrush didn’t grow in Ontario…until I found a place called the Carden Alvar where plants totally unknown in most of Ontario do grow. The ones you photographed are a gorgeous shade of red!
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