First Bird of 2019

by Bethany Plonski January. 01, 2019 450 views

The first thing I heard as I was waking up this morning was the cry of a red shouldered hawk. There are several living in our neighborhood, and sometimes they'll visit our yard to watch the feeders, but I've never been lucky enough to catch them with my camera.

This afternoon we caught a short break in the rain, so I went for a walk by the lake and saw a large bird flying low to the ground. I've seen a green heron in that same area twice now, so at first I thought I might be tracking him again. Then my mystery bird finally landed in the tree, and I was so happy to see it was a beautiful red shouldered hawk.

Almost!

Almost!

An interesting note: Last year, the first thing I heard on New Year's Day was a single coyote howling. I had been reading a book where the author used the metaphor of "finding one's pack," and as a person who feels out of place in most situations in my life, I took that as a sign that 2018 would be about finding my place, and in another sense, my voice. That ended up being true, in several different aspects last year.

Now I am wondering what the significance of the hawk will be. Food for thought!

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Andi Saw 1 year, 1 month ago

A couple of days ago I found a tiny hawk in my garden. It flew away. I live in a city. I was in shock. And since a week, I hear a sound I cannot recognize. The bird looks like a sparrow, but it's not. There are 684643496 sparrows here, and I know them.  It's supersweet, but super annoying, because it never stops singing. It's like an alarm, but nicer... but always an alarm. 
So, basically I think about you everyday! smile 
What would Bethany do?

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Andi Saw 1 year, 1 month ago

Oh my goodness, how cool! I would probably be obsessing over identifying it, and then learning everything I could about it to attract it to come back. smile Sometimes it will take me months to figure out what bird a certain call belongs to. I wonder what it is, and if it needs something or is just being cheerful? I have heard of sparrow hawks before, and sometimes sharp shinned hawks are said to look like big sparrows, but I don't think they live near you. And this is a long shot, but I wonder if somehow it knows you have hamsters? Maybe by a sense of smell?

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Andi Saw Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 1 month ago

YOU'RE A GENIUS !!!
You can help, even without planning to. I checked the calls on Youtube! 
It's a Fringuello (In Italian) or a Common chaffinch (In English)
3 sounds, pause, 3 sounds. She's calling other birds. She's a she, because it's brown-ish.

The hawk is a Gheppio. I already knew, but the YouTube check confirmed my theory. It was the first time I saw it, but I hear it very often, so he lives here around. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLdgaF7F_E0

Visiting my garden: blackbirds, sparrows, chikadees, seagulls (They have a nest on my roof since 3 years), crows, hawks, chaffinch, owles, hawk, Robins.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Andi Saw 1 year, 1 month ago

Oh good! I'm so happy you found it. smile Youtube has all kinds of stuff! I looked up both birds, they aren't ones I see where I live (we have house finches, and purple finches, which are actually red, confusing). The gheppio is adorable, I would probably die of happiness to see one in person! You have a lot of different birds visiting for being in a city. They must like you!
PS. This week we finished Stage 1 of 3 on the latest woodworking project. Well, I say we, but really I just helped stain the wood (Andrew does all the hard work).smile The stain is taking forever to dry though, so now we have to wait again. Very slow going!

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Andi Saw Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 1 month ago

They don't like me... they like the food I leave outside ! smile

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Pete Fitzgetald 1 year, 1 month ago

a stunner, great shots Lucky you !

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 1 year, 1 month ago

Thank you! It absolutely made my day.

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Björn Roose 1 year, 1 month ago

Okay, now you can definitely never ever ever say you're not good at "shooting" wildlife again smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 1 month ago

joy  Thank you! In my bird nerd research, I learned to hold the camera up in front of my face when approaching for a closer shot, because animals watch for the face and eyes first. That trick has been working really well.

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Björn Roose Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 1 month ago

I had no idea about that camera thing, I just always do that smile But some get scared by that one big eye too ...

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 1 month ago

It means you should spread your wings and fly smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 1 month ago

I like that interpretation!smile Thank you!

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George Kunschman 1 year, 1 month ago

Great way to start off a new year!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to George Kunschman 1 year, 1 month ago

I thought so too! Hope yours is off to a great start as well.

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Sherry Hill 1 year, 1 month ago

for me = when a hawk shows itself to me, i know my Dad is near.. this was his totem.. [hugs]

[and incredible captures.. i LOVE the wings spread photo]

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Sherry Hill 1 year, 1 month ago

Thank you. I love that, makes me even happier to share it then. smile

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