Slow Week For The Birds

This week wasn’t a great one for my bird-watching habits.  I spent more time reading and watching television than I did out looking for birds.  Making sure my cold didn’t linger or turn into any bronchial yuck.

Glancing out the backdoor turned out to be a bit disappointing most the week as well. I’m not sure but I think it may be related to greedy squirrels and/or our neighborhood hawk.

On Monday, I stood at the back door fussing at my “pet” squirrel.  Suddenly, as if he finally heard my words, that little squirrel scampered away from the deck.  I felt quite proud. Until…

A quick shadow and a big swoop over the neighbor’s rooftop. I watched as our little (pretty sure it’s not an adult yet) neighborhood hawk flew over the rooftop and attempted to grab a meal from the neighbor’s front yard.  I can’t speak to his success as I lost sight once he flew into the front since I was looking out the back door.

Our neighborhood hawk wasn’t interested in posing for pictures this week. Here are a few hawk pictures from my visit to the nature center last week.

Nature Center Hawk:

Other Birds I spotted This Week:

Have I mentioned it just wasn’t a good week for bird-watching around here?  The only picture I snapped is of this Starling (I think?) that I was simply trying to identify using the zoom on the camera. 

So, I spotted the typical Starlings sitting on wires including this one in a tree.  Fairly confident on a warmer day, our little Carolina Wren briefly popped out of hiding but not for very long. There was a lonely sparrow all puffed out on a cold day.

Did I mention our see-saw weather?  Yesterday was in the upper 40s. Today is down to 21 degrees with a feels like reading of 6 and not going to get warmer.

Seagulls flew overhead as I was taking my youngest son to school.  On the some day to-do list is to figure out where that flock is flying.

Also saw the resident Canada geese on the lake and in the air on my way to work both on Thursday and Friday.  Finally, I spotted a few fluffy Robins as I drove through the park on my lunch break as well as a few Cardinals sitting in the trees overlooking the playground.


What birds did you spot this week?

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10 thoughts on “Slow Week For The Birds

  1. Phil

    Take care with that weather. As you say, do not let your colds develop into much worse. I’ve had two viuses since Christmas, a cough and then a streaming cold. All gone for now I hope.

    1. Jean Post author

      Glad you are healthy now and hope it stays that way. Felt a bit lazy last week but I feel so much better today (just the tiniest of a cough but I can tell it’s on its way out) that I know it was the right choice. Lots of winter weather to rest in coming our way this week, apparently. Hope you have a happy & healthy week ahead!

    1. Jean Post author

      My dad always hated starlings so it’s hard for me to appreciate them. I liked them a lot more once I watched some documentary (can’t recall the name) that showed them over in Europe making their formations. Now I watch for those when I see groups of them. Still would rather have the songbirds at my feeders though.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. He’s pretty sporadic so I think I’ll see my birds again soon. Just saw a Cardinal out on the deck, too bad I’m out of birdseed. Going to have to go pick some up somewhere today before our next round of snow moves into the area.

  2. Eileen

    Hello, awesome photos of the Hawk. We have a local nature center that keep injured birds of prey. It is neat to see them up close. I hope the yard hawk moves on. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. I think this injured hawk at the nature center was close to being ready to go back. He seemed pretty restless. Hope you have a wonderful week as well!


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