There was some excitement this dreary afternoon as this Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) first perched on a small tree in our front yard to stake out our bird feeder; then chased a couple of sparrows into a nearby row of barberries (seen here). This time the little birds escaped, rocketing out in separate directions at ground level from beneath the thicket and the predator. A pile of gray feathers beneath the bird feeder a couple of weeks ago were evidence that a Mourning Dove wasn’t so lucky as today’s sparrows. (Image shot though window glass and screen.)
The pace of the kitchen/home remodeling project has slowed to a crawl. As we all await delivery of the Cambria solid surface cabinet tops, the contractor has dispatched his crew to other jobs. I get to paint many, many feet of trim and shoe moulding to replace the old stuff, torn out during re-flooring. The painting isn’t difficult, really, and the acrylic enamel paint isn’t even smelly; the difficulty comes in handling all those 15-foot lengths of millwork as I paint them, allow them to dry, then attempt to store until they are installed — hopefully later this week! In the mean time, I clean and paint the moulding and while it dries, I pursue other activities such as preparing a postal mailing for the annual bicycle events calendar. I also hope to assemble my annual photo-calendar which will be available for purchase beginning in December. Returning from today’s errand run, I spied birds on our feeder and hauled out the Canon G11 for a quick snapshot or two. The Cardinals and Blue Jays were camera-shy and took flight but the smaller Goldfinches stayed in the tree, eventually returning to grab morsels of seed. It’s a gray, chilly day out there, perfect for indoor projects.