The autumn has been dry but yesterday and today the rain has been steadily falling. Weather forecasts tease there is a chance of fleeting snow flurries. Temperatures last night after midnight were mid-60s but they have been falling during the day on the way to the mid-20s tonight.
Leaning out the second story window to photograph the meditation circle, I was hoping the bright red cardinals and various little gray and brown birds would venture back out from their hiding places where they had scattered when I raised the window.
None complied, so I snapped a couple of pictures, turned to the right and then it was my turn to be startled. Only a few feet away resting on the closest point of the fence was a huge hawk (guessing a Cooper’s Hawk). Too spooked to click the shutter, instead I pulled back inside. I was none too sure the hawk was not going to fly into the window. The bird of prey did not seem to appreciate that I had upset its stealthy plans and reluctantly moved on, but I realized at last why the cardinal and other birds had become stubbornly invisible and quiet.
The rain will end soon and tomorrow should be sunny, but cold. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Wherever you are, whatever your plans, enjoy a happy day of peace and gratitude.
An interesting visitor to your garden! We also had an unusual visit yesterday – a tamed raven lives in our village and was out stretching his wings, when he decided to give us a little aerobatic display with a fly-over, a few turns and dives and some nice calls!
Have a lovely Thanksgiving Day Susie. 😀
Thanks Cathy. Ravens (and crows) are supposed to be very intelligent. Glad you got to see his fly-over.
Things had been dry here as well until a couple weeks ago, since then there has been a decent amount of rain.
Nice to have some rain return isn’t it? Not sure we got the 3 inches that were predicted but the meditation circle was flooded.
We have snow on the ground already, I feel it’s early and it’s shaking my bulb buying plans…. The pansies are starting to show up nicely!
We don’t get a lot of snow around here (and didn’t get any yesterday) but it seems to be very cold early this year. Thanks for noticing the pansies! Never got all of them planted. Hope you still can get your bulbs planted (maybe they can be planted in containers).
That was a surprise for you both, how marvellous to have a bird of prey so close to you! I’m sure your garden appreciates the rain you had, we haven’t had any for quite some time now, but it will be coming soon.
Hello Pauline, yes we needed the rain very much. Hope you get yours soon. We see/hear hawks occasionally but I was startled by its proximity.
There is always a reason for what happens, lucky you turned and saw the hawk otherwise you’d never have know why the small birds weren’t cooperating with you. Happy Thanksgiving.
Christina, it’s fun to put the pieces together and figure out “why.” Happy Thanksgiving to you too. Susie
Did you see any snow? We had about 20 minutes just before the sun arrived! Happy Thanksgiving!
Oh, how lucky to see the snow. That would have been fun, but no snow here after all. A cold 25F this morning though. Happy Thanksgiving! Susie
The rain just hit us yesterday but that what we needed. I think the Cooper’s hawk was shopping in your garden for his Thanksgiving bird. Luckily, no one ended up on his plate.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I think you’re right–the hawk didn’t look happy when I interrupted his plan. Hope you’re having a nice Thanksgiving P&B!
Not that wintery yet in your little corner of heaven – have a lovely Thanksgiving, Suzie 🙂
Thanks! Yes, you’re correct Annette. We don’t get lots of wintry weather here so it becomes quite an “event” if and when we do. Susie
Nice view of your garden! Seeing a hawk is always a surprise.
We had freezing rain, sleet and snow yesterday all before noon, then the sun came out. Only snow left is on the east and northside in the shade.
I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
Thanks Michael–hope you had a nice Thanksgiving too! I’m looking out the window this morning at a frosty garden, but he sun is shining here too.
Brrr…you are as cold as we are …but we have snow…hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Although there was mention we might get some flurries, snow is fairly infrequent where I live, so it’s a big event. Hope you enjoy the snow Donna.
I love seeing your garden from this perspective. I can just imagine doing a meditative walk.
John, thanks so much! Sometimes I do a “virtual” walk by looking down from this viewpoint. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.