What's on the menu?
I was sitting on the sofa chatting with my parents this morning when I spotted a young Sharp-shinned hawk land in one of our cherry trees before hopping over to the shadbush, looking closely for unwary little birds. Never missing a beat in the conversation, I grabbed a camera and crept around to the kitchen window to snap a few pics. And then, because there were two little Downy Woodpeckers on the deck trying not to look like breakfast, I opened the door so the hawk would fly away.
This is probably a female, based on size, and is my 14th Yard Bird to be blipped this year. She probably hatched last summer as she isn't yet in adult plumage. Hopefully she will be a successful hunter and grow up to raise her own young. And for those interested in such thing, these small hawks reach sexual maturity at two years.
So far, I'm having a great birthday. Always great talking to my parents, a bonus to see a hawk in the yard, plus we had some snow (just a dusting). Hubs made lunch, but not before having a couple dozen tulips delivered (my favorite flower). And tonight we are off to a romantic dinner. Many messages on FB, some phone calls, some texts --- okay, I'm feeling pretty special today.