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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Do-It-Yourself Thanksgiving

The lady around the corner from our house has planted much of her front yard with purple sage, a plant that attracts hummingbirds. She gave me permission a while back to come on her property to take photographs of any hummers I do find, and so last night I went over to see if I could get any. I did, but the pictures came out unsatisfactorily, so I decided to come out early this morning to see if I could get some shots under better lighting conditions, as the birds are active mainly at dusk and dawn. Well, on the way there, I saw this:

The ground was positively littered with pigeon feathers, including a big splattering of guano — yet, no dead pigeon anywhere to be seen on the ground. So I looked up:

What looks like a juvenile Cooper's hawk in the tree branch above casting a wary eye upon me as I snap a photo of him and his breakfast — "Nature, red in tooth and claw", and all that. Well, happy Thanksgiving to you, too! (He shortly afterwards flew off with his meal. I should have told him I already had my bird lined up, thank you.)

Wow, great pictures! Happy Thanksgiving.

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