This guy was dove-hunting yesterday - He was sitting on one of the big rocks that used to be in and around my pond, which is now my feeding station/"studio." The sun was bright, and he was in the one spot that I couldn't easily "get" from the window, so the pix are lousy. He sat very quietly for a long time, then started crying, stretched, and flew off.
Almost immediately, this giant flew into the tree, He wouldn't come out, and I wouldn't go out in the cold, so this is the best I could do. Then he flew, and I decided to go out and see if I could get some decent shots, and......
This one was out a bit farther in the trees. He wouldn't budge from behind the branches either.
And the chickadee ws checking out the nestbox. I don't know if he knew about the coming snow and was looking for a hideout for today, or if he's thinking spring too.
We are battening down for this rough economic time, and are taking our bird shop back to basics in the "real" store, and will be using just part of the space for this, and cutting down on our physical inventory, with the online store providing the rest. Then we are using the rest of the space for a nature art gallery and local artists' co-op (including photographers). I have some wonderful help, and it will hopefully keep us viable till things turn around. So I have another web site to do, and I will start another blog, reporting on business - retail, online, and gallery. I just can't give up this blog, though, but it may stay once or twice a week,instead of trying for every day. WISH ME LUCK!