Yesterday morning it was so nice here that I threw the windows open wide while I made my breakfast downstairs. As I was standing at the kitchen counter I suddenly heard the loud explosion of bird wings. I knew immediately what it was and rushed to the window with my binoculars in hand. Sure enough, there on the block wall perched a juvenile cooper’s hawk. I could tell it was a juvenile by the dark vertical streaks on its breast instead of the typical adult horizontal rusty barring.
With a thumping heart I raced upstairs and grabbed my camera. I quietly opened the door onto the balcony and crept toward to railing, snapping photos as I went. surprisingly, the bird did not immediately bolt. Instead, it stayed where it was, looking below to where it had seen so many doves a few moments again. It looked completely baffled as to where they had gone. The result was that I was able to snap off a few decent shots before it took wing again and was gone.
The unpacking progresses and I’ve almost got order restored to the house. In-between I have been able to have a bit of fun. I went birding last Sunday with Chris of Las Adventuras. Yesterday my son and I went for a short hike in Saguaro national Park,and in the afternoon I went and had tea with my friend Celeste. I have more birding adventures already planned for this weekend and during the next week. meanwhile I am trying to get caught up on all my blogging. Look for a blog post a day if I can pull it off! I certainly have the photos and stories to go with it! I will get back to our cross-country travels soon and then the new life and day to day adventures begin! Thank you all who visit my blog and read my posts. I really do appreciate it. For my family and friends, I miss you so. For all my new friends, I can’t wait to meet you!
By the way, this Cooper’s Hawk is species number 21 for my backyard. The day before I was totally surprised to find a Green-tailed Towhee in my backyard underneath the oleander bushes but when I slid the door open to snap a picture it flew off! I have also seen a Say’s Phoebe on two occasions now!