Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Has struggled between dimly dismal and downright dreadful this winter. Early in the season we were seeing some good birds, but these days our biggest excitement is a plethora of tree sparrows and that lone white-crowned sparrow that is hanging around.
Thus I literally leapt out of my chair this morning when a large, dark-winged shadow swept across the edge of the big windows.
I was glad I did. A big hen Cooper's hawk was perched right on the sitting porch railing, probably in pursuit of some of those various sparrows.
It was a thrill to see her, so close and wild. Alas she was too quick for the camera. I will take this as an omen that things are going to be picking up soon. Not that I don't love me my chickadees, but Alan says there are killdeers in Virginia. I am ready for a killdeer.