Sunday, December 5, 2010

More from the window

Yesterday while sitting in the living room I caught movement out of the corner of my eye. Looked and saw it was a hawk flying just about level with the deck railing and quite close. My first thought was he/she was after the small birds at the feeder. I’ll tell you, those birds scattered fast. The hawk flew into a tree at the end of our garden. Here’s a picture taken through the window.


Not super clear, but easy to see what it is. I really enjoyed being able to see him/her.

A little later Garry came into the living room, looked out the window and wondered where all the feathers came from that were on the fence.


Those light colored things are feathers. That’s a tree on the left and the open barn door on the right. It was then I realized the hawk must have been stalking our chickens, not the small birds on the feeders. Garry quickly put his boots on to go check on the chickens. He counted heads and said they were all there. He thought one of the lighter colored ones looked a bit ‘roughed up’ down by her tail. Basically some feathers missing. That is the first time we’ve had a hawk go after our chickens. Danny has them go after his quite often. The only difference is our lot has a bit more tree cover. So that was our excitement for the day.

The grandkids and their parents came down for a little while in the afternoon. We shared the Overnight Coffeecake with them. There is no way Garry and I needed to eat an entire 9x13 pan of it. There was enough left that we had some with our coffee this morning.

I didn’t mention that the link to the coffeecake is my daughter’s recipe site. She loves to cook…considers it her hobby.

We have lots of birds already. At the rate they’re going I’ll be put ‘into the poor house’ trying to feed them. We have the usual…tufted titmice, chickadees, white-breasted nuthatches, downy woodpeckers, red-breasted woodpeckers, gold finches, purple finches, and cardinals. There are so many of them that they soon empty a feeder. It seems when it’s colder, they definitely eat more.

Anne and I are going treasure hunting on Thursday of this week. It gives us a chance to get off the farm, plus it’s something we both enjoy. She finds a lot of the children’s clothes that way. Rarely does she need to buy something new for any of them. I would sure like to find some clothes for me. Seems I usually find things for Garry, but rarely for myself. Perhaps this week will be different. Or, just maybe, I need to be thankful and satisfied with the clothes I have. Smile

Bye for now.


  1. Darned good picture of the hawk. you must have one heck of a good zoom lens!

  2. That's a pretty good shot of that hawk. All these years I have yet to get on so close. For all the hawks here they have never gone after our chickens. There outside run in under all our fruit trees so they have pretty good protection. Also have a great rooster who always lets everyone know when something is flying overhead and they head for the chicken coup. Oh all that wonderul food you always have going here. I always wanted to have goats for milk but we are gone in the winter so can't keep any bigger animals. Have a wonderful week. Hugs Carrie

  3. Have to tell you, I am a raptor fan. I wish they wouldn't go after the little birds too..but it's part of the life cycle. As they have said occasionally on my blog...hawks gotta eat too. I wonder of that is a Cooper's Hawk or Sharp shinned? Sharp Shinned have longer and thinner legs than Coopers, and their heads are smaller. I suspect that's a Cooper's.

    You and I have the same sort of birds to put both of our households out of $$$$. :-)

  4. That is a very good shot of the hawk. I am glad your chickens are safe.

  5. Connie! Heyyyy! Gosh, thanks so much for coming by and I can't believe the number of great folks we have in common! WOW.
    Love the hawk photo and I swear I think that's the same one having an all-you-can-eat buffet in my back yard, ugh. Carole's right, everything has to eat, but I just don't want it to happen in my yard. I try to save every critter on the planet and that's my downfall. Can't do it, but I try. And yes, I'm going broke VERY quickly on bird seed. I love my squirrels but they clean out feeders faster than I can fill them. I guess Carole would say again "gotta eat". I could swear one of those squirrels is now about 40 lbs, lol.
    Ok, I'm going to stop. I can get carried away too easily and write a novel as a comment. SO glad to see you and if you don't mind, I'm going to follow you. What a great fit! :D

  6. Ohhhh, just saw your note to me tonight at my page. Connie, thank you so much and I'm glad we've met. I'll be keeping up with you all the time :D

  7. Connie, it's 2 days before Christmas and I wanted to run by and wish you a very, very Merry Christmas. I also wanted to tell you that I went by your daughter's recipe site and really enjoyed reading everything. You can tell she loves cooking...and so do I :)

  8. Hi Connie.So sorry I didn't get by to wish you a Merry Christmas! I had family in from AL and I was happily engrossed with my grandchildren!I see you haven't post in a few weeks, so hopefully, you have been having a great DEcember!~~~Jackie~~~

  9. Just running by to wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR, Connie!

  10. Oh Connie that is a great photo of the chicken stalker! I am hungry now for coffeecake ;-/

  11. Hi, Connie, I've not been around much. I was blessed with my TN and Grands Christmas and after Christmas they returned for a few more days. I don't know how I missed this update.I always enjoy the happenings around your home. The Hawk photo is a good shot and I'm glad your chickens are Ok.
    Thanks for visiting.

  12. Hi Connie,
    Happy new year to you Connie & your family.
    The photo of Hawk is very nice it looks like still younger ones?
    They have a very strong veak and they can carry away chicken is no problems, When I was younger age I used to lived in the country side and I watced it happened that.
    I am very happy that you are well & your hubby too.
    Have a great week.

  13. Me again..checking to see if you blogged..

  14. Hi Connie just stopping by to see if anything is new and wish you a Happy New Year. I have almost 3 feet of snow at our place. We are heading for the desert in a couple days for the remainder fo the winter. Hubby had to shovel for 2 days and had enough. Hope all is well with you. Hugs Carrie