1. The birdsong around my house is spectacular these days, it makes me smile every time I walk outside the door. I look forward to the days when I can open the windows and hear it from indoors as well!

  2. Brenda, without the white band on the bottom tail feathers it could be a sharp-shinned hawk. Be careful of your little ones. Jean

  3. Hmmmm. Changed my mind about your hawk being a Cooper’s hawk. I think it’s a sharp-shinned hawk because they have those large golden eyes. Cooper’s hawks photos that I just looked at online all have dark black eyes.

  4. Hi Brenda, I think it’s a Cooper’s Hawk too. I looked in my bird book and found a drawing of one, and the territory is pretty much most of the continental US. They are described as: 15-20 in. long. Similar to sharp-shinned hawk but larger. Wings rounded, tail long and rounded. Adult dark blue-grey, white barred with rusty below. Food is chiefly small mammals and birds. I’ve seen them go after squirrels in my yard, and occasionally find the remains of an unfortunate bird who didn’t make it to safety in the arborvitaes on time. That’s a fabulous photo of the bird, by the way!

  5. Ah…. Spell check!……”such a sweet slice of heaven!”

  6. What a great post! Love everything about it!! Looking forward to seeing everything come up in your pots….. Yes, such a sweet alive of heaven! Birds, buds and soon-to-be blossoms.
    The hail was a bit odd…hope you don’t get much more of that!

  7. Your patio is coming around nicely. Can’t wait to see it with all the plants.

  8. I can’t tell how big this hawk is. If it is very small it may be a sparrow hawk, or if bigger a coopers hawk. Your other birds will be on the lookout for it.
    I believe I am remembering a time when you first moved there that you wondered why there weren’t more types of birds coming to your bird bath. You sure have a wide variety now. It’s a little paradise for all of them now, with all of your plants and cute watering spots for them. I guess it’s true, “If you build it, they will come”.

  9. That looks like a coopers hawk to me. We often have hawks, fox, deer, coyote, wild turkeys and today, a pair of canada geese out in the field behind the house. I love them all, except when they try to eat one of my chickens.

    Do you take the dogs out on walks in your neighborhood or in a nearby park? What do they think of other dogs and critters they come across?

  10. It’s hard to say without knowing how big the bird is–if it’s very small, it could be a Merlin. I love the wildlife that comes to visit too. So far, we’ve had raccoons, bunnies, deer, a bear!, squirrels, chipmunks, and lots and lots of different birds including hawks and a bald eagle right up in our tree. (….but no cardinals) I know your garden is going to look beautiful.

  11. I think that’s a Cooper’s hawk. Sometimes you see them hanging out near bird feeders where other birds congregate. They prey on smaller birds.

  12. I think it’s great that there is so much wildlife around you. It’s as it should be. We shouldn’t push out all other living things. My parents’ house was near a wooded park, and deer–even bucks with big antlers–would venture out to a vacant lot a couple doors down. They would eat the grass and watch us warily. Of course, we loved watching them. So majestic.

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