Though the mulberries are almost gone, I still try to start the days with a half-hour watching the birds in the mulberry and cherry trees. Yesterday morning as I was rubbing the sleep out of my eyes on the way out to the garden I heard the characteristic cry of the Red-Shouldered Hawk. And there on the garden fence, not 25 feet away was this awesome hawk. The cry is actually a mating call so that I was probably just a distraction. Nonetheless the look I got was an irritated one.
You would think that this would make the birds of the neighborhood lie low. But moments later I witnessed this same hawk getting dive-bombed by this Eastern Kingbird (no bigger than a Robin).
Just two days earlier I had seen a family of Great Crested Flycatchers amongst the Cherry trees.
So despite the fact that I missed the last couple of weeks of the mulberry/cherry season there is still a lot of bird watching to do — and it remains rewarding to get up and out in the morning.
Yesterday also yielded a Swallowtail hanging out in the Agastache ‘Tutti-Fruiti’.