Sunday, November 20, 2022

Birds That Thrilled Me

 We have been busy raking, mulching, and gathering up the many leaves that fall around our home.  I always say I love our trees, but when Autumn comes and the leaves begin to fall all of our free time turns to work!  Our morning walks are sometimes traded for yard duty.  We are thankful that our grandson works diligently with us as we work on our tasks.  

The leaves have been so beautiful this year.  Our Red Oak trees have been particularly lovely as the sun shines through their branches.  First the leaves from our Black Gums fall then the White Oaks, then the Maples, then the Dogwoods, then the Red Oaks.  Sometimes when we are outside doing our chores we are gifted with sights that thrill us!

We could hear the crows as they were flying around this hawk trying to chase him away!  I believe he is a red shouldered hawk, but I'm not positive.  Crows will do this when a hawk is threatening them for some reason or another.

They successfully chased him off, but not before we could watch him and retrieve the camera off the table inside.  

Hawks are easier to see when the leaves begin to fall.  Watch for them as you are out and about in your area.

A couple of weeks ago I saw this smaller hawk on my neighbor's fence.

He may be a juvenile red shouldered hawk, again I'm not sure.  I am pretty sure he was hunting for his dinner.

Every afternoon as I am relaxing I see this male cardinal in the Nellie Stevens holly outside of our Florida room windows.  Little did I know when I took this photo that he had a friend nearby.  Can you spot the white-throated sparrow on the branch behind him?  

During this season of Thanksgiving I am grateful for the many blessings that our home brings, even endless hours of leaf raking.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, my friends!

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. 
William Arthur Ward