Monday, January 18, 2010

Busy day in the yard

northern goshawk 1 (male?)
Originally uploaded by qmnonic
While eating lunch this afternoon, I heard a big crash on the window behind me. I turned in time to see the Robins in great numbers, flying in circles, in and out of the trees. In a few more minutes, what I identified later from my Peterson Field Guide as an immature Northern Goshawk appeared, sitting on the little rock wall just outside out window. He gave us no mind, and after surveilling the flower beds for possible rodents, hopped up on the bird feeder, wondering why the party had to break up. Turns out he was here yesterday, and snagged lunch on his/her way through.

It's been quite a week here...several days ago Mr. Sunflower saw a grey fox in the yard (mid-afternoon) and the deer have been pretty bold about coming up to nibble, as I report earlier.

This photo is coming to you courtesy of Flickr and a user there named gmnonic. My gratitude for its use.


~ Phyllis ~ said...

How wonderful to have all of that wildlife in your backyard.

Taos Sunflower said...

Yes, it's a real privilege to have a front row seat to this amazing show!

swamericana said...

Really good show. Those robins can really get fussy. Hope you get more snow.

RuthieJ said...

Northern Goshawk would have been a life bird for me AND my backyard! So glad you got to witness that Martie.

Taos Sunflower said...

Jack: we only got about 2" of snow here, 4" at TSV. Hoping for more from the next two storms. What about you?

Taos Sunflower said...

Ruthie: Since we've met, I think about you all the time when I see or hear something outdoors. Happy I can share it with you!! PS Young Mr. Goshawk was quite amazing.