I know it’s nature but….

….I don’t have to like it.

As the day broke on this chilly morning, I sat at the kitchen table and observed at least two dozen bluebirds descending upon the rooftops and chimneys of neighboring homes. Eureka! This called for another cup of coffee and a camera to try and capture the migration moment. I love it when a day starts like this one!

Bluebirds Dec. 2017

I watched wave after wave of bluebirds arrive to dine on mealworms, sunflower seeds, and to take a sip from the still icy birdbath.


And I smiled as I drank my coffee and clicked away with my camera through the window.


The bluebirds’ arrival encouraged the arrival of a large number of goldfinches that swarmed and drank and ate. Oh, such fun avian activity adding to our ever present juncos, cardinals, blue jays, nuthatches, titmouse and chickadees. It was a bird party.



But the party ended suddenly. I glanced up and not a bird to be seen. That is except one. And that one was definitely NOT invited to the party. That party crasher was sitting on the bluebird house.  I had to admire its beauty but hoped it wouldn’t stay.

Seconds later, I saw my blue jay dart out of a nearby shrub screaming and the cooper’s hawk was just feet behind. I hope the jay made it to safety. I know it’s nature but I don’t have to like it.


9 thoughts on “I know it’s nature but….

  1. That’s a beautiful Coop, but I understand your dismay at having him crash your lovely bird party. One day I watched a Cooper’s hawk grab a house sparrow from my yard, and I was pleased. When he came back an couple hours later and got a mourning dove, I was not so pleased. I just tell myself, you know, the hawk has to eat too, Kim. That usually helps me accept it, although I still wish they’d do that kind of thing where I can’t see it, lol.

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  2. Where do you source your mealworms? USA? Those freeze dried worms are usually from China and I warn birders not to feed them. A good source of mealworms in the USA is http://www.grubco.com. Commercial suet is the same…usually from feedlots where animals are stressed and fed antibiotics…a drizzle of non-GMO sunflower oil on birdseed is the better choice. Please urge your readers to consider the source on all wild bird feed. Thanks!


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