Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Great Day of Sightings!

From its perch upon a pole, a bird calls to his friends to come see the humans playing their silly games.

I had not seen the hawks at the Veterans Home for a couple
weeks until this morning. One was close the road so I pulled over and
got a few shots.

The Red Tail was watching me 'like a hawk' as I shot through
the passenger side open window.

The light was just about perfect and I took way too many
pictures I will only post a few in different positions.
It was not raining so he must have been hunting in
the creek below to be so wet.
He turns his head to look the other way.

Each pose he looks so different from the one before.

His foot comes out .....

And then he pivots showing his red tail feathers
and off he flew.

The pole he flew to was just too far away to try for shots...
althought I must admit I took about ten. It looked like
he was preening.

I headed home to do some yard work.
The White-throated Sparrow was there to greet me.

Playing peek-a-boo in the forsythia bush.
On a previous Post I wrote about the Carolina Wren building
a nest in the top of my gas tank.
Here's an update!
I came home yesterday to a packet hanging from my door
that the gas man had filled the tank. He wasn't supposed to
come until July!!! I just knew he had
thrown out the nest and all was lost. I quickly ran around
the side of house and looked to see nothing on the ground.
I abruptly opened the cover and Mrs. Wren flew out lickety split!!
I was so upset to have scared her I closed it up and went inside.
Here she is on the side of the tank from last week's post.

The nest last week.

Tonight I got the nerve to open the lid once more and
could not see much, so I used my flash and took a couple
pictures. Imagine how happy I was when I saw eggs!!

If I count correctly - 5 eggs. Yippee!! I can't wait to see what
happens next.

Yesterday took flight, but tomorrow is waiting to be hatched.
To God be the Glory, Great things he hath done.


Bird Girl said...

Really great hawk pictures!!! That new zoom lens you got makes such a difference (and of course the hawk was cooperating quite nicely!)Love the white-throated sparrow pictures and how exciting to see those wren eggs. Imagine, bold...sassy little baby Carolina wrens...almost makes me laugh - can't wait!

Stacey Huston said...

Great photos Jalynn looks like he had a bath. I am so glad your little wren family is safe. Thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

You certainly have a nice collection of photos for this post. I like the hawk especially as I only get coopers and sharp shinned hawks here in Ohio where I live. I am just into some macro shots at the brookville blog.

My first visit here. I will come back.

jalynn01 said...

Thank you birdgirl..That lens is worth it's weight in gold! In two weeks we should have those sassy baby wrens!!

You're right Stacey, he might have been bathing. I didn't think of that! thanks.

Abraham lincoln, Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments. Stop back anytime. I'll be checking out your blog.

Anonymous said...

I see you did check out the blog and left a very generous comment there too. I appreciate that a lot. Thanks.

Jotter Jan said...

Great Hawk shots Jane!!! beautiful White-throated Sparrow! Nice post!!

Marsha said...

Those are some amazing hawk pictures and I look forward to seeing the baby wrens. The gas man must love wrens too :-)

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