Friday, December 31, 2010

SkyWatch Friday, Song Sparrow, and New Year's Eve

We had snow flurries on Wednesday that quickly faded, but yesterday morning we awoke to freezing temperature and about an inch of snow in elevations 500 feet and above.

For beautiful skies from around the world,

At our feeders, we currently have the Black-capped Chickadee, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Dark-eyed Juncos, and Spotted Towhee; additionally a resident Song Sparrow comes and eats and eats and then just hangs out... totally undeterred by any of the other birds who arrive to eat.

As the Juncos chase one another away, interesting is to watch the sparrow who does not budge, and when he decides to move over to the suet feeder, not one bird will disturb him or nibble at the same table.

This is the best I could do with the elusive Red-shouldered Hawk in our area. I have tried repeatedly to get a photo, but he stays hundreds of feet away and perched high atop the tallest trees. As soon as he sees me... off he goes. Little does he know how patient I am. (wink)

Thanks to all of you for a wonderful 2010. It would not have been the same without you. Happy New Year's Eve, stay safe, and I guess we will see you next year.