Sunday, January 21, 2018

Visitor at my feeders

Hello and a late Happy New Year to you all. Let me preface this post by saying that if pictures of a raptor bother you, please move on. Hawks aren't everybody's thing but I find them very cool. And interesting. I'm not often able to get many great photos of them but I caught a few decent ones only yesterday.

I'd come home with a small load of groceries and while I was unloading them onto the kitchen counter, I happened to glance out the window to see a hawk perched directly outside on the dogwood tree by my feeders.

I hunched down in the kitchen and crawled to the window, lest he see me and fly away. I keep my camera there at all times while I'm at home, and I carefully maneuvered the long lens in between my geranium and ivy pots, snapping the few photos you see here.

I was greatly satisfied to get one of him ruffling his feathers here.

I'm using the term him loosely, as I'm not sure whether this is a male or female. And I was also having trouble deciding whether this was a Cooper's or a Sharp-Shinned Hawk. If it's the latter, then it's probably a female, as they tend to be larger than the adult males. And this was not a small bird.

I'm going to go with a female Sharp-Shinned.

It's not often that a hawk will show up at my feeders looking for an easy meal, but when they do, it's nice to have the camera nearby. If I see this one return too many times, I'll take the feeders down for a couple of weeks as I don't want to encourage this kind of behavior. Hawks will come to backyard feeders but they tend to get most of their diet elsewhere. 


After about ten minutes of being crouched on my floor, I felt the need to get up. And the hawk immediately flew away just as I'd suspected.

She landed in the dead dogwood tree outside outside the breakfast nook and I managed to shoot this through the window. But I thought maybe I could do better. So I put on my shoes and a light jacket and went outside. It went up to  56 degrees yesterday. I almost put on my flip flops. Ha. It was zero just a few weeks ago. 

I managed to get close enough to the tree and get a few shots before she flew off.

Look at that red eye.


I got almost right under the tree before she departed and was glad with these shots.

My husband used to get really excited when a hawk would come into the yard.

Or when he would see one along a roadway.

Or whenever he would see one, actually.

So hawks tend to remind me of him. And a couple of things happened after he passed away that had to do with hawks and owls. But that's another story for another day. Suffice it to say that I sometimes think that certain birds (or their feathers) are a sign from the other side. 

And on that note, I'll bid you adieu ~

~ along with the wish that your year is one filled with more good than bad. 

And I thank you for stopping by today.

Your friend,



donna baker said...

I do believe birds come as signs from another place we cannot see. Glad to hear from you.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I know some people don't like birds of prey but really this is Nature and they really are the most beautiful birds. You have captured her to perfection in these photographs.
Lovely to read you again.

Michelle said...

Wow, the photos kept getting better and better! Tough call on ID; her head looks Cooper's and her tail looks sharpie. Julie Zickefoose ( if you don't already follow her; I think you'd like her!) believes that about red-tailed hawks and her dad.

Love from Oregon, where your cardinal still makes me smile!

joeh said...

I saw one of these last year and posted on it. I called it a sharp shinned as well. Beautiful bird, and i read they sometimes look for an easy meal in the back yard. Gives new meaning to bird feeder.

Hilary said...

I definitely think that a hawk is a sign from somewhere, and it's good.

But yes, I wouldn't encourage him to dine at your feeders. :)

Cloudia said...

I can SO relate! Though my shots are not of this caliber! I'm thrilling to your shots and narrative

Donalyn said...

You've been blogging again! Read back through and you sound so good! Blessings to you, friend. ❤️

The Furry Gnome said...

Fabulous pictures! Really neat to see any hawk that close!

Karen said...

great captures!... and I remember when you found that feather....

Debbie From Illinois said...

Very cool!

Daryl said...

those are incredible .. i think it might be a female since the feathers seem muted and usually the male of the species, at least in the avian world, has plumage of a brighter color

Kerri Farley said...

Wow! Awesome images of the hawk!!

Linda said...

Stunning photos as always.

Jeanette said...

Great pictures!

JaneK said...

Gorgeous !! I love hawks. We have some that live in my little suburban neighborhood and I love it. We also have some owls and it makes me feel a little connected to nature. Thanks for sharing :-)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful bird.

Sue in MA said...
See here. Tail color and shape are probably definitive. Love to see either of these hawks.

Illinois Becky said...

I agree that it's most likely a sharp-shinned hawk. The tail feathers (in your excellent photos!) are all the same length which is characteristic of the sharp-shinned. Also, the head is small which is another characteristic. We've had a Cooper's hawk doing the same thing (looking for bird prey) on a dead branch with suet feeders but the window has a very low sill so I've not been able to sneak up on it. Your photos are beautiful!

Unknown said...

That Hawk is really beautiful! I have been doing watercolor painting rings of hummingbirds as well as is one-- well I can't seem to work out how to post my pic in the comments! Oh well! Enjoy all your birds and blogs!

Angie said...

WOW WOW AND WOW!!These pictures are fantastic! I always get excited when I see Hawks. And when I see a post by you. 😊 Hope your New Year is full of fun and laughter and more magic.

sharon said...

Wow, those are great pictures! Every time my husband see's a hawk we have to stop and look. You capture it's essence!

jorjorbeth said...

I've just returned home today to temperatures in the teens after spending a beautiful week of sun-filled warm daysทางเข้า D2BET

pakescorts646 said...

Finally, we are aware of some fraudulent acts committed by most Escorts in Lahore. That is the main reason why you should settle with our agency; Famous Escorts in Lahore for your call girls in Lahore. Our call girls are strictly scrutinized and they have reputable track record void of criminal cases. Good enough, our agency takes full responsibility of your security and privacy. Contact us today and book for your desired Lahore Escorts.

Ileana D'cruz said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Unknown said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Unknown said...

I see your blog daily, it is crispy to study.
Your blog is very useful for me & i like so much...
Thanks for sharing the good information!
starbet casino

pakescorts646 said...

Independent Females Islamabad Escorts Cheap College Call Girls in Lahore Air Hostesses Students Celebrities Housewives Models for Sex Dating Escorts in Islamabad +923315361133.

Islamabad Escorts said...

We respect the trust which our clients have had on us and our Top Escorts in Karachi along these lines agreeing to that we have held their names under the window decoration. Karachi escorts Regardless, through these comments, we are to a great degree happy with our accomplishments and should need to keep this going for some more years. Reasons why our client base values our administrations and VIP show escorts Karachi and Call Girls in Karachi. Escorts in Karachi Purchaser dependability is our best need. We have reliable sorted out our clients monstrously and endeavored to keep up their attentiveness in the most master of conduct.

Islamabad Escorts Service said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
jorjorbeth said...

i like so much...Thanks for sharing the good information!
เว็บ แทง บอล

Unknown said...

40 Funny Illustrations Proves That The World Has Changed For The Worse

55 Funny Illustrations of Two Kinds Of People In The World

45 Illustrations presenting the Brutal Realities of Life

Funny Illustrations Of Living As a Giraffe Or a Crocodile

IslamabadRent-acar said...

We are best Rent a Car in Islamabad, Rawalpindi rent a car and Pakistan New Models of Honda City, Honda Civic, Corolla, Prado, Land Cruiser. SA Islamabad rent a car is a standout Rent a Car in Islamabad and Rawalpindi Car Rental Services. A trip to Murre, Northern Areas from Islamabad in Cheap Rates. Call 03165167043.

Indian Escorts in Malaysia said...

Thanks for share great info. This article is very informative and helpful to me. Thanks Give u best escorts girls in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. I' ll give u brilliant escorts in Malaysia, Indian escorts in Malaysia and much more

delhiincall said...

Visit High profile vasant kunj escorts agency and take the best experience of these Sexiest escorts in Mahipalpur beauties. Call us on 9811321048 to book high profile vasant vihar escorts.

sunny tempo traveller said...

Thanks for sharing with us i love your blog always m ready to read all your blog very nice information your share with us thankyou

tempo traveller

tempo traveller hire
Tempo Traveller in Delhi
Golden Triangle Tour
hotel booking
Chardham Yatra
Leh Ladakh Tour,Rajasthan Tour Packages , Same Day Agra Tour Packages

sunny tempo traveller said...

Thanks for sharing with us i love your blog always m ready to read all your blog very nice information your share with us thankyou

tempo traveller

tempo traveller hire
Tempo Traveller in Delhi
Golden Triangle Tour
hotel booking
Chardham Yatra
Leh Ladakh Tour,Rajasthan Tour Packages , Same Day Agra Tour Packages

Tempo Traveller Rental Company- said...

Good Blog with good Pictures, i really like it.We provides
Tempo Traveller on rent
Tempo Traveller in Delhi
Tempo Traveller in Gurgaon
Tempo Traveller on rent in Noida
Tempo Traveller on rent in Ghaziabad
Tempo Traveller on rent in Faridabad
Tempo Traveller
Tempo Traveller rent faridabad
Tempo Traveller on rent in gurgaon
Tempo Traveller hire Ghaziabad
Tempo Traveller rental faridabad
Tempo Traveller on rent in noida
Tempo Traveller on rent in Ghaziabad for easy travel call us +91-9560075009

Celina Jeff said...

I’m from USA am here to give my testimony about Dr Robinson who helped me cure my HERPES (HSV), i want to inform the public how i was cured from (HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS), i visited different hospital but they gave me list of drugs like Famvir, Zovirax, and Valtrex which is very expensive to treat the symptoms and never cured me. Three months ago a friend suggested that I try herbal medicine; from a very powerful herbal doctor called (Dr.Robinson) I looked up his blog on the internet site and indeed he have had immense success with his product. There were lot of persons posting their testimony about how he cured them. when i contacted him he gave me hope and send a Herbal medicine to me that i took and it seriously worked for me, my HERPES result just came out negative. (Robinson.buckler (@ yahoo). com 🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂 I must admit ( ( Robinson.buckler) ) is really a genuine man when it comes to getting an ex lover back

anusa escort girl goa said...

To those who have something against him I'd ask: have you ever met the girl?
Young Goa College Girl Escorts
High Class Escorts Goa
Housewife Escorts in Goa
Indian Goa Escorts
Mature Goa Girls
High Profile Model Escorts in Goa

PAUL said...

I was always praying to have a testimony when ever i saw people sharing their own testimonies which really took me years but today i am the happiest father on earth.My son suffered autism for 5 years, after taken different kind of western medication without been cured.All these years my son have been abnormal but today he is been cured.and you do not know how i feel having my son back to normal because it was not really easy for me having just two son and one been abnormal.I took time to search the internet which i found a lot of people thanking Dr. Williams concerning the same problem and i discussed it with my wife and she agreed will should give a try so we order his product which my son took for 28 days and he is very much okay now.I will advise you to stop wasting time on all these western medicine because they only work for some times and the problem bounce back again.Contact for advice and for his product and be the next to give your testimony.

عبده العمراوى said...

شركة رش مبيدات بالدمام
شركة رش مبيدات بالخبر
شركة تنظيف خزانات بالدمام
شركات تنظيف فلل بالجبيل
شركات تنظيف بالجبيل
شركة الماسة لمكافحة الحشرات بالرياض
شركة الماسة لمكافحة الحشرات بالدمام
شركة الماسة لمكافحة الحشرات بالخبر
شركة الماسة لمكافحة الحشرات بالظهران
شركة مكافحة الفئران والصراصير بالجبيل
شركة تنظيف شقق بالظهران
شركة مكافحة النمل الابيض بالظهران

Islamabad Escorts said...

Pakistan Vip Escorts Best Escorts Servicer in Islamabad. Escorts in Islamabad, Islamabad Escorts, Call Girls in Islamabad and Much More.

Treks Himalaya said...

Treks Himalaya an indoor trekking and outdoor tours operative company takes you that further way to guarantee you has a memorable trip that you have been dream is part of your choice for Trekking in Nepal. We have 3 days to 30 days Nepal Trekking to choose but it depending of your timetable for Nepal Tour. We always respect our duty to constantly your Nepal Holiday. Whether you are looking for a quiet gateway of Hiking in Nepal a memorable outing with a family or an exciting nature Trek in Nepal. We offer you with the best progressive information and itinerary leading focused Annapurna Base Camp Trekking where you can see spectacular view in 360 degree angle with sunrise and sunset in Annapurna Trekking region is significant to memorize, though, it necessitate an enough level of physical homework and must remembers Annapurna Panorama Trekking that there is also a psychosomatic assurance in walking in mountains and modified as per your requirements of Nepal Travel. We have others most attractive trip region Langtang Trekking is most rewarding way to skill Nepal natural stunning view of Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek it is significant to memorize of Tour in Nepal, though, it necessitate an enough level of physical homework and must remembers that there is also a psychosomatic assurance in walking in mountains. We attempt to encourage Travel in Nepal to the exterior world while striving to defend an aged tradition as well as conserve the surroundings for generation to come. We specialize in organize Nepal travel activities excursion such as:- Trekking, Helicopter Tour, Peak Climbing, Mountain Flight, Honeymoon Tour, Sightseeing, Rafting, Jungle Safari, Pilgrim’s Tour, Hotel Reservation, Air Ticket, Tibet and Bhutan Tour many more your vacation desire.

Unknown said...

Did you hear there is a 12 word sentence you can tell your partner... that will induce intense emotions of love and instinctual attraction for you buried inside his chest?

That's because deep inside these 12 words is a "secret signal" that fuels a man's impulse to love, please and care for you with all his heart...

===> 12 Words Who Trigger A Man's Desire Response

This impulse is so built-in to a man's brain that it will make him work better than before to build your relationship stronger.

Matter of fact, triggering this mighty impulse is so mandatory to having the best possible relationship with your man that the instance you send your man one of these "Secret Signals"...

...You will instantly notice him open his soul and heart for you in a way he's never expressed before and he will recognize you as the one and only woman in the galaxy who has ever truly appealed to him.