Short-legged Neighbours

The best part of our new home is the abundance of birds, from the young cardinal whose family nests in the bushes behind, to this unexpected visitor outside my window.

Ruby-throated hummingbird

To watch the birds is mesmerizing. This fierce hunter also makes an appearance daily:

Merlin falcon

Naturally, there are many more species, but I’ll save those for another day.
(Submitted for Bird Weekly challenge: short legged birds.)

Settling In

Slowly finding my footing again after what feels like a lost week. Our house has been buzzing with well wishers and workmen. New counters are in, as well as new light fixtures. Pictures are hung. Furniture arrives in trickles – a side effect of COVID. I am grateful for all of it.

Rare To Me

I don’t know enough about birds to know what is rare for our area, but I do know that we have a few visitors who stop by on their way elsewhere – the window to see them short.

Tundra Swans
Hooded Merganser
Cape May Warbler (?)

For Bird Weekly’s challenge: Rare Birds. The featured image is a pair of wood ducks. While they did stick around and have babies in our area, they were elusive to photograph. Note: When I see a bird new to me, I get so excited and ruin the photo, lol.