Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Hawkish Tale

"About 2 weeks ago, I landed on Jan's peanut feeder".

"I thought I was gonna get a treat...

and I don't mean Peanuts, if ya know what I mean".

"Then I thought I saw a hot meal and took off...
but about a week later, I was back. The last attempt was nothin' but dirt in my mouth."

"Then, I saw it--my hot meal! It was in the other direction this time...
so I flew down to that peanut feeder again, facing the other way. I looked right...
and then I looked left. I was ready for the attack, when--
Hey lady, get that camera off me!"
"That does it, I'm outta here!"
"He'll be back. He enjoys the chase."

For birds that play
for birds of prey,
for blue and gray,
be thankful today.
by jan, 2009

47 comments:

  1. Always enjoy a cute story, Jan :)

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  2. Lovely photos Jan and excellent captions:) Now why do they always fly away before I can get my camera out ?

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  3. Great shots Jan! Good captioning.
    Janet

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  4. That was wonderful - who knew hawks were camera shy? (Or maybe he didn't want his dirty deed caught on film!)

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  5. What great photos. How lucky to get such a variety of birds in your yard!!

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  6. How very lucky you were! I'm sure you're also glad that he didn't find dinner!

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  7. That is such a charming story and I love your poem!
    Philip

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  8. Great tale, cool photos, and a lovely poem at the end!
    ~Aerie-el

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  9. What a cool story and great pics!

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  10. I don't know which I like better--the series of photos or the captions!

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  11. So cute Jan, thanks for telling a story with a happy ending!

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  12. Quite a story! :) Another happy ending for now.

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  13. Jan, great shots! Thanks for sharing your creative poetry! I love good endings!

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  14. I think you captured the story, but he didn't capture his prey.

    Wonderful photos, too!
    Cameron

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  15. Great post, Jan! I have another blogger friend who recently posted his photos of a Cooper's Hawk who landed in his yard. His blog is "Leave me alone, I'm digging." I think I have a link to it on my blog if you want to see it.

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  16. This was sweet Jan. You have the best pics of garden creatures. My little twitterers are too quick for me!

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  17. That is a great series of photos and your commentary makes it a cute story.

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  18. I love hawks. One visits my yard almost everyday but I can never get a very good photo. Yours are great!!

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  19. Too cute and excellent pictures Jan. He's beautiful.

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  20. Jan,
    What a wonderful post! Your bird pictures are always just fabulous! I'm jealous! But one day we will have trees again and more birds.:-)--Randy

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  21. Beautiful hawk. I sure hope he doesn't feast on one of your bluebirds.
    Marnie

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  22. Hi Jan, I saw a Carolina wren at my friend's feeder the other day, which was exciting as I'd never seen one before! :)

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  23. Great!!!! Love this post.
    Linda

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  24. I love it when animals talk...what a great post! Kim

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  25. Hi Jan~
    I always take the time to be grateful about something when I visit your blog! Your gratefulness provides much to the world.
    Yes, you were the second to comment on the "Pay it forward" post. YAY! I thank you. If you email me your address I'll send a handmade gift to you. Mymothersgarden@comcast.net

    This will be a fun sharing experience!

    Karrita

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  26. I always love your bird photos. That hawk certainly knows a good spot when he sees one. Thanks for a great post.

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  27. Great shots and story Jan - but I love that little bluebird in the last picture. (we don't get those here)
    K

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  28. Jan, I can't believe I don't have you picked. Today you're picked! Your bird photos and prose are endearing. You are an amazing photographer.

    Grace

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  29. Thanks, I needed that. It's so easy to forget to be thankful...

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  30. I just love birds of prey. They are so fun to watch. But I have to say that I envy your bluebird even more. We don't have bluebirds here.

    Cindy

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  31. A lovely story. Though it sounds cruel, I can't help feeling sorry for the Hawk (I'm a great fan of Eagles, Hawks, and Vultures), but am thankful for the lil' cuties!

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  32. Jan, I so enjoyed the story and pictures. Brought a smile. My favorite photo is the last with the hawk taking flight. Your poem is inspiring-as always!

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  33. That was very amusing and I loved the pictures.
    The two little birds at the end look very relieved!

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  34. Oh, I have Eastern bluebirds that nest in my corner birdhouse every year. But I never see them at the bird feeders. I so want a photo of one! Love your photos of all those birds!
    Brenda

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  35. Thought that was a hawk...didn't realize untill I saw the label.
    Never get siskins, but may get some blue birds come spring we'll see.
    Love the shot of the 2 birds sharing the feeder. So sweet !

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  36. I was wondering what that hawk was saying :)
    Oh, I want Blue birds in my yard so bad.
    Lona

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  37. Where do you find all that beautiful birds?
    What camera do you have?
    MB

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  38. Thanks for joining my blog! Im really enjoying your pictures.

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  39. Jan,
    I think we live in a parallel universe. I am wondering if you have a Sharp Shinned Hawk there.
    Donna

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  40. January must be the month of the Hawk - I've read three others posts on Hawks in the past few weeks - Aren't they a majestic bird?! Here's the Harris Hawk that visits my garden http://cultivatingparadise.blogspot.com/2009/01/i-love-to-watch-hawks-hunt-over.html

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  41. Hi Jan, what lovely photos and interesting commentary. So glad the little ones were safe to come out and eat. Love the little bluebird. Well done.
    Frances

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  42. Here I was so worried what was coming next !! Phew : )
    Those pictures are amazing Jan !

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  43. You are fantastic Jan with your camera.

    The pictures are telling without words.

    Have a nice day

    Gunilla

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  44. Hi Jan!

    I love the simplicity of your poem "for birds that play..." and love the photo series, too.

    Cindy

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  45. Great story and captions. You are very talented.

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Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!

Jan

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