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 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.