This Hawk was sitting outside in the maple tree when I went out this morning. It was not much concerned about me, but seemed to be keeping a keen eye on the yard. Needless to say there weren’t many other birds hanging around. I would have guessed Broad-winged Hawk from the markings, but they should have long since migrated for the winter. This one was not large but showed every sign of living hereabouts. So my best guess is immature Cooper’s Hawk.
Wow! Did the holidays just race right by. I started several postings that just never got to fruition. First there was the Dec 20th snowfall that exceeded all expectations.
I had noticed a little snowdrop making an early appearance late on the evening of the 19th and thought (naively) that I would get out early in the morning and snap a picture before the snow got too deep. Nope. By the time I got up the snow was deep and getting deeper. It was a beautiful fluffy snow that was followed by sunshine. Perfect for sledding.
But when the snow melted after Christmas that little snowdrop was still there looking happy as a clam.
And it’s being joined by several others
The temperatures have been mostly in the thirties daytime and twenties at night so I was surprised to see that the Hellebores are also showing growth. Ivory Prince in particular seems to be well advanced in putting out its flower buds.
I can see many instances of the daffodils putting up green tips as well as leucojum and meadowsweet.
But before I could fully enjoy these newly emerging shoots I had one more task from my Fall planting to accomplish. The weather had kept me from planting the last of my December discount order from Brent and Becky. So last Wednesday, just before the year ended I went out on a freezing day and put in 50 daffodils (Beautiful Eyes). The ground was frozen on top but once I broke through the surface with the auger it was easy to put in one last swath of daffodils. The hardest part was kneeling on the frozen ground.
Though I certainly pushed these to the limits of the planting season, I was ready to plant more when I finished. But I guess I should focus on the seed catalogs next.
The other planting was our Christmas tree. Here’s what it looked like for Christmas on the inside.
And then after planting at the bottom of the 2nd pasture.
Now to those seed catalogs 🙂