This morning Mark and I were preparing for the delivery of a new bed and mattress for our guest room. This, of course, required “cleaning all the things” – even things beyond the guest room – which I guess is okay considering that I haven’t really “cleaned all the things” since Christmastime. 🙂
Anyway, I was busily dusting the living room when Mark started to gesture toward the picture window frantically. I carefully edged toward the window to see what had arrived and low and behold it was a juvenile sharp-shinned hawk! Mark was able to grab my camera off the dinette table and I quickly began firing away at our visitor.
These first two photos I had to lighten up and crop and the first one has a blurry spot from a smudge on the outside of the window. (I know it was outside because I had just finished cleaning all the dog drool off the inside! LOL Believe it or not, the beagles are NOT allowed on the furniture so how that drool happens is a “mystery”! 😀 )
The hawk knew there were small birds hiding within the old Christmas tree – my reason for putting it out there in the first place, to provide cover for the birds!
He hopped around to the far side and kept peering down at the branches. At this point I had to step up and stand on the sofa to get a clear view.
That was my favorite of the nearly 40 photos I took. This one isn’t bad, either.
Not having any luck, he came back around to the front of the tree.
Before I knew it, he stuck his head into the tree.
Then pretty much his whole body!
I expected him to come out with breakfast but he didn’t.
After this unsuccessful attempt, he then came down to the trunk end of the tree and proceeded to pose very nicely for several minutes.
I think he was getting a bit frustrated because he knew there were birds in that tree!
Suddenly he shook himself and puffed himself all up. Maybe he got a sudden chill, even though our temperatures area above freezing today.
I got a nice close-up.
He stayed around for several minutes all totaled. Eventually he flew onto a stump where I put bird food off to the right, out of camera view, and then took off, without having gotten a single bite to eat!
Originally I had a lot more photos chosen to put into this post but when I began putting them in, I realized a lot of them looked the same, so I limited myself. The pictures aren’t crystal clear, but I was shooting from behind a double-paned window with lots of smudges on the outside. 🙂
Today’s visitor brought my 2015 Big Bird List up to 22 species. So far I have seen 1.) Goldfinch, 2.) House finch, 3.) Tufted titmouse, 4.) Blue jay, 5.) White-breasted nuthatch, 6.) Red-bellied woodpecker, 7.) Downy woodpecker, 8.) Dark-eyed junco, 9.) House sparrow, 10.) Chickadee, 11.) Cardinal, 12.) Mourning dove, 13.) Wild turkey, 14.) Canadian goose, 15.) European starling, 16.) American crow, 17,) Hairy woodpecker, 18.) Red-breasted nuthatch, 19.) Bald eagle, 20.) Chipping sparrow, 21.) Purple finch, 22.) Sharp-shinned hawk.
I know I’ve actually seen more than these 22 species but unless I can get a clear, positive identification, I don’t add it to the list. Like the snow buntings we are fairly sure we saw last weekend are not on here. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this close encounter of the hawkish kind!