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  •  Bird watching this weekend was poor. (14+ / 0-)

    Weekend mornings I usually ensconce myself in our sunroom and count birds for Cornell's feeder watch. I was a little disappointed there were so few birds around and attributed it to the downpours we were having. Boy, was I wrong!

    About an hour into it, a small hawk suddenly swooped in from the far side of the house where I couldn't see it. It didn't stop, just swung by for a closer look, and of course the little birds went fooop! Gone in an instant! I believe it was a Sharp-shinned hawk, though it could have been a Cooper's.

    Later that day, a lovely red-tail hawk appeared in the woods and hung out for a while, ensuring that no birds would come within a mile of the place. Oddly enough, the squirrels were not intimidated. Six of them showed up Sunday to pick at the seeds I put on the ground for them. There are rarely more than 2 or 3 so this was something of an event.

    As for robins, a small flock came by briefly but they rarely hang out for long and if they're on the ground, I can't see them from the sunroom. These were in a tall tree then flew away.

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