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Comment by Randy Anderson zn.5/Il. USA on December 25, 2011 at 6:50pm

Wonderful picture Paulette.

Comment by Judith Kennedy Arthur on December 24, 2011 at 8:31pm

Lovely picture, Paulette.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone.

Comment by Paulette K Griffith on December 24, 2011 at 3:19pm

The kite is a beautiful bird Sandra. Have seen them often in AZ and great shot Randy---that is a species I don't have in my yard. Was able to be out on the patio for awhile, warm sun and a cool breeze. Nothing exciting, but thought the colors in this shot were so pretty---there's in beauty everywhere if you want to see it----Merry Christmas all!

Comment by Judith Kennedy Arthur on December 24, 2011 at 7:44am

Love the kite and the chickadee.  No sure I have  ever seen a kite.  They are stunning, Sandra.

It has been so warm here that the daffodils are trying to come up in places. 

Comment by Randy Anderson zn.5/Il. USA on December 23, 2011 at 8:14pm

Wonderful picture Sandra. What a great experience! I did get a picture of a Black capped Chickadee this morning on one of the Flowering Dogwoods.

Comment by Lisa Gibson on December 23, 2011 at 8:06pm

Sandra-beautiful bird.  So, so beautiful.  Wish I could go on Audubon trips.  Maybe someday.


Comment by Sandra on December 23, 2011 at 2:57pm

Great stories, Lisa. I'm partial to raptors myself... recently saw a white-tailed kite - he flew directly over my head, backlit by the sun. Took my breath away!

Does anyone here go on Audubon trips?

Comment by Lisa Gibson on December 23, 2011 at 2:23pm

This is not the first time I have seen this bird (hawk) in the yard.  About two weeks ago, while drinking my coffee in bed early that morning I heard a woodpecker chattering in distress.  I looked out the blinds and a small hawk with a gray back and dark striped tail had him on the ground.  It sat for just a second and flew off the the woodpecker in its grasp.  Now, I love birds of prey and do not mind the fact they hunt birds in the yard.  Better them than the neighbors barn cats, you know.  But this little sparrow was just so frantic, and looking at me!  I am glad the hawk flew off and everyone survived. 

I do not think this was a kestrel because there was too much gray on the back and wings and the bird was too big.  But it flew off too quick for me to decide between a Coopers and a sharpshin.  I have never been really good at telling them apart, even in hand with injured ones in my work as a rehabber.  I hear kestrels next door during the winter.  There is no mistaking the killy killy killy sound they make but they don't nest this far south. (Houston) They hunt that pasture and my horse pasture as well but move on in the spring.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Comment by Paulette K Griffith on December 23, 2011 at 1:11pm

Sweet story Lisa---my husband frequently calls me a "bird mommie"---he certainly would you as well.  Nice shot of the kestrel Randy. I see them daily around my place now, not in the yard, but near the fields around me------always like to see them

Comment by Randy Anderson zn.5/Il. USA on December 23, 2011 at 1:03pm

Loved the story, Lisa. I haven't had any Hawks in the garden for awhile now, but with little dogs and cats running out every time the birds make a noise that there not use to. I'm starting to worry that they might get attacked in one there flurries outside. I did take a picture of an American Kestrel this week.Male Sparrow Hawk/American Kestrel


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