First of all, I must mention that sadly we had to let our sweet Sedona cross Rainbow Bridge. She fought the good fight, but after several different attempts to get her well from pancreatitis, we knew we were fighting a losing battle. She crossed over on October 26th. She was only 8 years old, but the vet told us we did the right thing...so I am at peace with our decision, and I know she is too. So, I've added a picture and a little bio of Sedona to my second page on this blog called, "Fur Kids, Present, Past and Future". The tab to that page is at the top of this entry.
I've been mostly busy cleaning the house and preparing for Thanksgiving. Now that that is behind me, I can take a bit of a breather before I have to get busy for Christmas.
The Christmas decorations are all up, and I think I have all of my gifts ready...they still just need to be wrapped.
Lots of crazy family stuff going on too that has me a bit out of sorts, but I've decided just to move on and let the crazies fend for themselves! One of these days, they'll see what they have done...hopefully.
Today was a bird counting day for Project FeederWatch. I've been participating in this program for 6 years, and I get more excited every year to start the season. The season begins in November and runs through part of April.
As the years have passed, I can tell that a few new birds are beginning to come more often to my feeders. Of course, I love to see the hawks come too. They don't eat from the feeders, but they keep their eyes on the little birds that do. I certainly, don't want them to catch any of the little birds at my feeders. so I'm happy when they fly off without a kill. I'm sure they find food elsewhere...which is fine with me!
Here are a few pictures from today of a Cooper's Hawk. Unfortunately, one is a bit fuzzy. The other two, it's face is hidden behind some leaves. Some of the pictures were taken with my phone, some with a camera. I need to remind myself to change the camera batteries more often. After lunch I changed the batteries and got much better pictures of a yellow bellied sapsucker.
These two pictures were taken with my phone.
These pictures were taken with my camera, after the batteries were changed. I love that we can see all of his beautiful colors!
Here is a picture of a yellow bellied sapsucker actually sucking sap! Haha! I just had to say that, and of course you can see his yellow belly too!