Friday, 22 August 2014

Watching a little miracle.

Yesterday, when visiting friend M, we stood in her bay window looking out over her front garden, when - about two feet outside the window, perched on a low stone wall, we saw a bird.
It was a juvenile sparrow hawk - male - easily identified because the male is smaller than the female and as a juvenile it also has two 'fingerprint' spots of white on the top of its head.

We stood and watched it for ten minutes.  During that time it moved its head from side to side, it watched us carefully and every now and then it would raise one or the other claw up into its breast feathers.   For a split second we turned to face one another - we looked back and it had gone.   In a flash it had disappeared as though it was just waiting for us to take our eyes off it before it flew. 

But what a treat.

9 comments:

Heather said...

What a magical moment and how lovely that you were looking out of the window at the right time to see it.

Crafty Green Poet said...

amazing to have that close encounter with such ana amazing bird.

Cro Magnon said...

When you think of how amazing their eyesight is; it wouldn't surprise me at all if that's what he'd been waiting for!

Elizabeth said...

A treat indeed!

Joanne Noragon said...

Just past fledgling. I've watched both baby wrens and baby hawks move into the world. Life is amazing.

Pondside said...

Those moments are such treasures. A flash of recognition between the species?

angryparsnip said...

I so enjoy those little treasures times we get with our wildlife.
I have a young hawk also that makes a stop at my yard quite often.

cheers, parsnip

Amy said...

oh awesome! love hawks, we have them here, they're great at cleaning up roadkill.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

A lovely moment - what a treat!