It's almost Thanksgiving...tomorrow!
Nope, this isn't the Bird. Well, it IS a bird. A Sharp Shinned Hawk, I think. When we pulled in the driveway the other day, before the snow, he was standing in the yard.
See that green bush...Boxwood. I had a bird blogger friend that said you should always plant Boxwood in the area of your feeders so the little birds could hide from hawks. My feeders are in the front yard so I can watch them from our living room patio doors. There are several Boxwood planted out there. When we drove up, there was not a bird in sight except for the Hawk. His next move was to jump in that Boxwood. Out flew about 20 sparrows. He must have just wanted to scare them because he didn't chase them down. Instead, he flew up to a branch on the tree and watched us taking picture of him.
See, here he is on the limb. Make the pic bigger and you will see a squirrel sitting on the branch above him. Did you ever hear a squirrel screeching at something and bobbing his tail. That's what Mr. Squirrel was doing. There's actually a Titmouse sitting in a tree near by.
We have been visited by Hawks everyday. Yesterday a adult Cooper was sitting on the deck banister watching Terry through the window. I couldn't see any birds except a Woodpecker out in the tree. This Cooper lives in a stand of Pines you can see in the background.
I've read that when a Hawk finds your feeders you should take them down for a few days. I don't do that. I figure its all nature and can only hope that if they feed there it's on the evil sparrows. (My name for English Sparrows that are a natural enemy to my Blue Birds).
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.