A few days ago I witnessed an explosion of doves, finches, and sparrows as they escaped in a frenzy from the feeders in our yard. I knew immediately that this meant a raptor must be in the vicinity. Sure enough, I could see the distinct shadow of a hawk on the back fence. I slowly drew near the window and saw it in full profile. I grabbed my good camera and snapped a few shots before it moved on to hunt on more promising terrain.
A few weeks ago I posted a video of a hawk munching on a bird after a successful hunt in our yard. Perhaps it’s the same predator, having returned to these happy hunting grounds?
These photos are from the evening of January 31. Sunsets (and sunrises) are usually best here in the winter, and we’ve had a number of great shows so far this season. To make it even more spectacular, there were even iridescent clouds, which you can see in one of the images. I’m very grateful that I have the chance to enjoy such majestic events.
We recently had a new cable put in for high-speed internet. In the aftermath, I was trying to find a reasonable set-up for the new equipment. In the process, I moved (one of) our cat tree(s) to a new location on the other side of the window it was already standing beside.
Now, a couple of our cats sometimes lie on one of our two cat trees, but it’s rare for more than one to be on a cat tree at any given time. But, by golly, move one to a slightly different location a few feet away, and suddenly it’s the most popular perch in the house! (We have four cats, so each was able to find a level to sit on. However, this hierarchy didn’t last long—a few seconds later there was swatting and rearranging of the posts.)
How? Simply by helping my business grow!
Here’s all you have to do:
1) Go to my Facebook page and “like” Sterling Starling Creations (click link for direct access)
2) Find the contest photo and “like” it (it should be right at the top of the page)
3) In the comments section of the photo, let me know which one of the prizes you would pick if your name is selected as the winner
For a BONUS entry, share this post on your blog! (Or share the photo on Facebook.)
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I’ve been busy crafting new creations, and I’ll be posting items for sale in the coming days!
Here are more contest details:
Once Sterling Starling Creations on reaches 500 Facebook fans, one winner will be selected at random from all those who meet the qualifications. The winner will be notified and the chosen item of jewelry will be shipped to them.
Note: Winner must reside in US or Canada or choose a recipient from one of those two countries.
Information about the prizes: The bracelet is composed of amethyst, Amazonite, and sparkly rock crystal (quartz) gemstone beads. The earrings feature Zuni bear fetish beads cut from rhyolite (volcanic) stone and carnelian accent gemstones with copper embellishments.
All beads are top quality and the pieces are handcrafted with love!
I heard a ruckus in my backyard a few days ago and turned to see what was causing all that commotion. Perched in a low branch of my tree was a hawk with a smaller bird in its talons. This is the video I captured.
Watch as the hawk waits until the bird is dead and then begins to prepare it for a tasty meal. This is Nature’s circle of life it all its gruesome beauty.
I believe the hawk is a Cooper’s Hawk, but may be a large sharp-shinned. Both are common here in the winter.
This is Castor and Pollux. They are twin brothers (“Gemini”), and they resemble each other so closely that it’s hard to tell them apart when they are locked in an embrace like this. But take my word for it–they are not Siamese twins, just two brothers who on occasion really show their love for each other. (Especially when it’s cold, but we can pretend it’s got nothing to do with keeping warm, right?)
Though they look very similar, one has a tail and one does not (Manx). The two of them have been featured here before, but not for a while. Here you can learn a little about some of the issues Pollux (the Manx) has had due to his lack of tail (“Manx Syndrome”). And here you can see an awesome x-ray of him.