Unexpected Feathered Friends!
It was November 21, it had just finished snowing and it was very cold. It was also a sunny day. I was sitting at the table having my mid-morning snack and looked out the back window to see a whole flock of Juncoes. They were zooming through the garden, in the air, on the ground, in the heated birdbath.
I was really surprised to see them because usually we don’t see them until early spring.
The are so cute to watch. They chase each other around, forage like mad in the snow, looking for seeds, take off, return to dive at the birdbath. So cute.
I tried to get some decent photos through the window, but they turned out so-so, these two singles were the best of the bunch. All the shots of them being active were really blurry.
Later that morning I went to the front window to see if any Juncoes were in that part of the garden, and was surprised to see a gorgeous male Cardinal sitting up in the Sea Buckthorn Tree and enjoying a snack of the over ripe berries. I was lucky that he didn’t see me. The light was good and allowed me to be in the bow window, taking photos and not getting a big reflection back.
Still later that same morning, I had come upstairs and was chatting with Taffy in my office window, when she suddenly tensed and stared toward the neighbours tree.
There, in the neighbours’ tree was a Red Tailed Hawk. And, boy was it big!
It was scanning our backyard, clearly checking for snacks. It stayed there for about 15 minutes, then majestically sailed away, at about 20 feet over the yard, then up and over the cedars and away.
I was not able to get my camera in time to get a photo, but I did have one of a RedTailed Hawk from about 3 years ago.