Wednesday, January 21, 2009

More hawk adventures

Just after I first wrote about our Sparrowhawk, it came by again.  That time it interrupted our lunch by flying right past the window, carrying a little bird.  It then perched across from us to eat.  Fortunately not too close!  None of that was good for our tender bird-watching hearts!

Then, just a few days ago, as we ate breakfast, the hawk swopped by again.  All the little birds scattered.  All except one.  One little sparrow crouched down on the side of the feeder closest to us and hid there, perfectly still.  After a while, I even started to think that maybe it had suffered a heart attack and died there.  Then we heard a little "peep."  It cautiously and slowly lifted its head, but it stayed right there on back side of the birdfeeder.  We had a great time watching it.  Sparrows don't usually sit still for long.  Finally, it darted away to safety in a bush.

6 comments:

Mom said...

You provide a great mental image of Peep the Protected.

Love you all....

Baba Julie said...

I didn't know about all of this! I thought when Will asked if I knew about the Sparrow Hawk, he just meant the other time! You are getting quite a show! Do we have these Sparrow Hawks? I sure have plenty of sparrows!! By the way, I'm glad "Peep" escaped!! Love, Julie

Lindy said...

We can usually tell when a hawk is in the area because the birds around the feeder will seem to disappear by remaining completely still. We had a Barred Owl perch on the post holding our birdfeeders on Sunday. The chickadees continued to flit around but the other birds stayed in the background complaining loudly. It was a great site.

Stephanie in AR said...

The last frost date/list sounds familiar I'll have to go through my links. We just got in & it's nearly 10pm here so it won't be until tomorrow afternoon (Sun). Will get back to you one way or another. Love reading about your birds & kids.

Stephanie in AR said...

Here is the address:

http://heirloomseeds.com/schedule.htm

I'm glad you asked, with all the business I had forgotten all about this schedule. Now I won't have to build my own.

Happy planning!

Stephanie in AR said...

Here is the link for fall gardens based on your frost date. It might help so if a spring vegetable finishes you might be able to plant a second crop.

http://heirloomseeds.com/fall.pdf