More things are blooming in the garden this week, and more birds have been showing up at the feeder. The redbud tree has burst into glorious color, a lavender-pink that is just beautiful. It is alive with honey bees.
The branches are full of blooms.
When a goldfinch landed on a branch, I tried to get a photo of him. His brilliant yellow against the flowers would be a great photo for the state fair this year. But of course, I couldn’t get the focusing right before he flitted off to the feeder again to stuff his beak.
My scrawny wild cherry is blooming. The flowers are pretty, but the tree is in the cove and doesn’t get enough sunlight. It is at least 10-12 feet tall, but just makes it up over the retaining wall. I’ve actually thought about moving it, but it would be difficult to dig up where it is.
Oliver is showing up regularly, along with a few of his buddies. You can see a few cherry blossoms near him.
But he got a scare when this young red tail hawk made a swooping dive across our front yard area, right in front of the kitchen window. I grabbed the camera and got several shots as he perched in a tree and looked around for prey.
He turned around, still scanning for movement on the ground in the cove. I hoped he didn’t see Oliver. I know he has to eat too, but I want him to find a nice fat mouse.
It was funny to see him tuck one foot up under his feathers. It was a bit cool that morning. Shortly after, he dove down into the cove, and I think he attacked a single turkey that visits from time to time. There was a lot of thrashing noises in the leaves and turkey calls for a moment, but I couldn’t get over to the edge in time to see. All I did see was the hawk flying away, with nothing in its claws. So Oliver was safe. The turkey survived too, and I saw her a bit later with no injuries apparent. I hope the hawk found a meal somewhere else.
Elsewhere, the wild violets are starting to bloom all over the hills. Most of them are purple, but here and there are some that are more magenta.
More birds are coming to the feeder too. This is a house finch, he’s only here in spring and summer.
I’ll be looking for more opportunities to photograph the wildlife for the state fair contests. I hope I can get a pretty bird in the redbud tree. What birds are you seeing in your garden?