Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

February 19, 2012


Filed under: For the Birds — Karma @ 2:49 pm
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Thanks to the Great Backyard Bird Count, I had some really lovely moments this weekend while I was out counting birds.  Our incredibly mild winter weather continued, and both mornings this weekend I stepped outside and looked into beautiful blue skies.

It was about 40°F each morning, and I stayed warm enough just wearing sweats and my bathrobe.  I stepped out on my deck and took it all in.  Birds sang like it was spring time.  I quietly watched the fluttering around me, that I’m sure I’m not always aware of because I don’t take the time to notice.  The dogs had followed me outside and had a playful morning romp, but eventually even they seemed to take in the specialness of the moment.

Daphne and Teddy became quiet too, almost like they were taking it in too.  Breathing deep, listening, watching, appreciating.

I was rewarded with the sight of a beautiful red-tailed hawk with its gorgeous red feathers against that clear blue sky.  At first I regretted not having camera in hand, but then I was okay with it.  It was enough to experience the moment.

But, if you’ve learned anything at all about me since I started this blog, you must know I eventually did grab the camera.  The hawk returned and landed in the neighbor’s yard, a few houses up the street.

I enjoyed the simple site of a sparrow singing in morning sunshine.

I chuckled at the sight of Mr. Cardinal finding himself a drinking fountain, in the form of the return fitting on the side of my pool.


(had a little disagreement with Mr. Autofocus there – wish this shot was clearer, but I’m not letting it ruin the moment)

And I was granted a new photo session with our friend the robin who, I’ve learned since my last post about him, really isn’t so strange to see at this time of year.


So thank you GBBC, and thank you backyard birds, for providing me with these moments.


  1. A wonderful post and great pictures, Karen. 🙂

    Comment by Bob Zeller — February 19, 2012 @ 2:57 pm | Reply

  2. Ah, sure do love getting the chance just to relax and enjoy a bit of good old fashioned nature… Love your Red Tailed Hawk Karen…

    Comment by FS Photography — February 19, 2012 @ 3:49 pm | Reply

    • It was just my backyard, but it was nice enough! Thanks Brian.

      Comment by Karma — February 20, 2012 @ 8:45 am | Reply

  3. I enjoyed that. Happy dogs, becalmed . . . a robin sunning himself . . . what a good morning.

    Comment by Gerry — February 19, 2012 @ 3:51 pm | Reply

    • It was a good morning. Thanks Gerry.

      Comment by Karma — February 20, 2012 @ 8:52 am | Reply

  4. Great shots! Isn’t it cool when you get those quiet moments to just enjoy being where you are?

    Comment by DAwn — February 19, 2012 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

    • Thanks very much Dawn. Those moments don’t happen often enough.

      Comment by Karma — February 20, 2012 @ 8:53 am | Reply

  5. What a simple beautiful blog–I can feel the peace of being outside in nature and listening to the sweet birds. I walked in the woods and sat on a stump for a long time yesterday afternoon and enjoyed that, too. Great post, Karma!

    Comment by Kathy — February 20, 2012 @ 9:52 am | Reply

    • Thank you Kathy. Simple – that’s a good way to describe that enjoyable moment.

      Comment by Karma — February 20, 2012 @ 2:47 pm | Reply

  6. Yesterday a huge flock of red wing blackbirds visited, their songs so happy and loud they were almost too much. Today we have a few inches of snow and it is silent. Thank you for your sunny photos!

    Comment by Carol — February 20, 2012 @ 10:27 am | Reply

    • Did you take a picture Carol? I’ve been trying to get a good picture of a redwinged blackbird for a while now.

      Comment by Karma — February 20, 2012 @ 2:48 pm | Reply

  7. Nice moments to have (and capture!) The little singing sparrow is precious!

    Comment by milkayphoto — February 20, 2012 @ 12:35 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Tracy! I thought the sparrow was pretty sweet! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — February 20, 2012 @ 2:48 pm | Reply

  8. I want spring … waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    Comment by Sybil — February 22, 2012 @ 9:29 pm | Reply

  9. […] fully intended to participate in the Great Backyard Count like I did last year, and I even had a list of the birds that I saw this past Saturday afternoon. I looked for it Sunday […]

    Pingback by Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda « Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog — February 20, 2013 @ 10:11 am | Reply

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