Today at d’Verse, Grace asked us to us personification in our poem. Hawks are such magnificent creatures. I love when they come and visit me from time to time. This one was much closer than most, asserting his dominance of the territory perched next to my bird feeder. I can almost tell what he is thinking as he rests on my deck rail.
I saw this little bird outside my window a couple of years ago. He had a red spot showing on top of his head, which seemed very unusual. It was the first time I had seen this and have not seen it since. I am guessing it is a mating or territorial action. It was wonderful to be able to see this beautiful little bird.
I had a visit today from an Eastern Blue Grosbeak. He comes to my feeder a few times a year. I am not sure if they are migrating or just tend to stay away. I always like seeing their gorgeous striking colors. This bird was hungry. He hopped right into the cage and ate for five minutes. I thought he would fly away when I got closer to get these photos, but he kept right on eating. It was wonderful to see him again.
Sweet bluebird // a magical beauty
Perched on the rod outside my window.
Tiny sharp talons gripped tightly.
Seeing her reflection on the surface;
She flung herself at the image;
Thinking it to be another female.
This is her territory…
Guarded fiercely at all cost!
Photo: Dwight L. Roth
Today at d’Verse, Linda asked us to write a Quadrille of 44 words, using a form of the word magic.
This beautiful Red Shouldered Hawk sat on a limb just beyond the edge of my back yard. The birds at the feeder did not seemed concerned and continued to come and go as usual. I saw him dive down after a mouse in the weeds. That is how I happened to seem him.
Hawk looking for lunch
Making the most of daylight
Winter Solstice near
Phot: Dwight L. Roth
Frank Tassone reminded us that we are coming up on the longest/shortest day of the year. This coming Saturday is the Winter Solstice in our hemisphere. Midwinter can only mean one thing… Spring is on the way! Our Haikai poem this week is to refer to midwinter.
Today I turned 70 years old! I can’t imagine being that old. Used to seem really old, but now not so much. I have been blessed with good health and am thankful to still be going strong at this age. I had the gift of a beautiful Rose Breasted Gross Beak at my sunflower feeder today. I saw one last summer for the first time. It was here for a day and then gone. I figured they must be passing through. It was special to see this one and photograph it as it nibbled away on my sunflower seeds. Here are a few shots for you to see as well.