I took these photos on May 22, 2011 in Huntington Beach, California. It just so happens that yesterday I was in the front yard watching the Osprey when I heard a swoosh go by my head. A Sharpie can in to take out one of the smaller birds that were hanging about me. It was a brown alert moment (the second this week!). He swooped back into the woods and took off by the time I got my camera up to my face. So these will have to suffice.
It took me and the other birds by surprise. I’ve had accipiters come overhead many times when I’ve been near chickadees. The chickadees have always given out a warning call that sounds like a high pitched tsee-tsee-tsee which means “Accipiter! Take cover!” This time we all missed it. Luckily for my little buddies, no one got hit.