This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Friday, January 14, 2011

winter garden birds

coopers hawk
carolina wren winter song sparrow
Rock Meadow redtail hawk with catch
Rock Meadow redtail hawk in tree coopers hawk at dusk
coopers hawk in my backyard

This winter I haven't been feeding the birds and have been seeing very different types in my yard. Many predators. At the community plots there are song sparrows and red tailed hawks. At home, Carolina wren juncos, house sparrows, chickadees, nuthatches, and Cooper's Hawks.



Blogger Bangchik said...

It should be nice to see birds around the yard...

January 14, 2011 3:16 AM

Blogger HAZEL said...

Ooo! I love birds of prey. We have a pair of wedge tail eagles that soar over the valley. Their flight is so effortless. The other day I noticed there were three. So I think they had a chick and it fledged.

January 14, 2011 5:20 AM

Anonymous biobabbler said...

Wow, great stuff. That first shot is out of control: was there any telephoto/tripod action involved?

January 14, 2011 3:12 PM

Blogger kathy said...

First shot is a Cooper's hawk sitting about 10 feet from me. Almost too close for the 55-250mm zoom I had on my camera. I've been told these hawks will sometimes do that and and stay put as people pass close by. They watch for critters flushed by the person walking by. He didn't watch me or Skippy as we passed, but kept his eyes peeled on the ground nearby as I shot photos.

Just after we passed him on the trail, Skippy and I flushed a white tailed deer - a bit too big for prey for that hawk!

We were hoping to spot the coyotes that have been spotted recently in the area we were walking. But we didn't see them. It was disk and we had to turn around as it was getting too dark.

The trail is at Alewife Reservation, right near the Alewife T stop. A little piece of wild land in the middle of heavy industrial and residential development.

January 14, 2011 8:34 PM

Blogger jezibels said...

My father-in-law calls misc. brown birds "LBJ's" (Little Brown Jobs)

January 14, 2011 10:36 PM

Blogger MAYBELLINE said...

Wow. Those are exceptional.

January 14, 2011 11:43 PM

Anonymous D at Your Life Channel said...

Beautiful to see!

January 14, 2011 11:46 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with another commenter: The first shot is out of control! Nice collection.

January 16, 2011 12:18 PM

Anonymous Stevie Taylor said...

We've been feeding birds heavy since it is colder here in NC than it has been in many years. Today I saw a bluebird sitting on the feeder perch which is unheard of. I have never ever seen them at the feeders although they nest all around the farm. Your pics are great! I, of course, did not have a camera near to prove he was there :(

January 17, 2011 8:37 PM

Anonymous Susanna said...

Ohhhhhh... they're so beautiful and a bit frightening at the same time. They look like tough little guys, that's for sure.

January 18, 2011 5:09 PM

Anonymous Backyard Misting Systems said...

That hawk looks so cool!

January 21, 2011 5:04 PM

Blogger Dan said...

Great photos Kathy!

January 22, 2011 12:13 AM

Blogger meemsnyc said...

Wow, gorgeous hawks!

January 22, 2011 10:05 PM

Anonymous Breakfast Bar Stools said...

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July 06, 2011 2:39 AM


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