This is one not so brilliant, but phenomenally determined bird. They started building this nest above our garage earlier in the spring. Sadly, the location is horrible and catches the wind all the time. The nest got blown off at least 4 different times, but they were back within a day and building again.
It apparently stayed in place long enough the last time for them to be able to spend a lot of time in it. I’m certain that means we have eggs sitting in that nest now. So far, they’ve been exceptionally lucky that it hasn’t gotten blown of that narrow ledge again.
I’m sure a big part of that is that there is one sitting in there almost all the time, but if anyone comes anywhere near the nest or that corner of the house, it flies off, so I’m still a little surprised. I’m just hoping we don’t go out one day and see a bunch of shattered eggs on the driveway.
It seems that whenever I see a hawk, especially one close, I don’t have my camera with me. Probably because that is often when I’m in my car.
We went to my FIL’s yesterday and I decided to take my camera on the off change I’d be able to get something cool, even if it was from a moving vehicle (something that rarely actually happens). Shockingly, I saw dozens of hawks yesterday. Sadly, by the time I saw them, we were already up on them or just too far beyond and I couldn’t get my camera ready in time.
By the time we were almost home, it sort of became this hawk spotting adventure for everyone. Of course, from the time we got off the highway and close to home, we were no longer seeing them. We decided to make a quick pass through the new section and I managed to grab a shot of this guy.
He really was just a bit too far away for me to get a good shot. Even then, this is pretty heavily cropped and the quality isn’t great, but I got a picture anyway.
I predict that the next time I get in my car without my camera, there will be a hawk sitting on a tree or one of the lamp posts nearby and close enough to almost touch.
I was trying to get better shots of one of my humming birds the other day. I was able to get closer and have them still come to the feeder, which was amazing. It wasn’t until I went inside and started looking at the pictures I took when I realized I caught something really odd. I haven’t a clue if it is a moth or something else (going with moth because of the size of the body) attacking the humming bird or if it just happened to be in that spot at that moment. It is such a cool shot, but… it’s out of focus!! Grrr!! Still, it is a really funky, cool shot.
The other day was stunning and mild so my windows were open. I noticed the bird singing I was hearing was coming from unusually close. Sure enough, I look out and I have a brilliantly red Cardinal hanging out in my tree right outside my window. I grabbed my camera, but he was shy and kept himself deeper into the tree, so I didn’t get great shots, but I did get a couple of decent ones.
This little guy (?) decided to try and hang out the other day while I was taking pictures. I had to switch to my zoom to get him, but he hung out for a little while, just running around on the driveway. He came pretty close a couple of times, but not quite as close as I would have liked. I’m still not 100% sure what kind of bird it is, but it is most likely some type of Sparrow.
I’m really missing that I no longer get these encounters anymore. For over 10 years we had nothing but an open field behind our house. Until we put up our fence a couple of years after we moved in, we would get deer in the yard, right next to the house to eat my flowers. The day we moved in, a coyote took up residence against my back door and scared the crap out of me when I went to open it. After the fence was put up, we would often get sights like this one because it and the kids swing set that used to be there were the perfect perches for birds to stand watch and hunt in the field. Continue reading “Hunting”