In a confluence of awesomeness there was a Blue-winged Warbler drinking from the pond and a Sharp-shinned Hawk sitting on the fence in my yard at precisely the same time.
If I wasn’t looking out the window would they still be there?
That is so not a koan.
Of course they would! Right? But I would have missed them both.
It’s been a dreary, dripping, utterly overcast day here. So. When I saw a little bright yellow-bellied bird hopping around the waterfall. I was thrilled!
His color stood out like the only dandelion in a sea of green lawn. Spectacular! A little bird, easily distinguished as a warbler. But which one? I grabbed my binoculars for a closer look. Ah. Such power they lend me!. What lovely grey blue wings. I am confidently identifying him as a Blue-winged Warbler. And feel very lucky that he stopped by for a visit. I only wish I was able to get a photo.
And in the same breath. I was worried. Is that a Coopers Hawk on the fence? Is he going to eat the pretty little yellow-bellied bird?
Peanut (the dachshund) and I went out for a closer look as the hawk took flight to a nearby tree.
Again. With my Nikon Monarch’s I was able to get a very clear look at the hawk. Those red eyes! And that beautiful reddish orange chest and dark grey back. Definitely a Sharp-shinned Hawk. And. Happily. He sat in the tree for a bit. Surveying the yard for dinner. And so. I was able to get pretty decent photo!
A dreary day. That’s ok. Two new birds to the yard. I’ll take it.