First Steps

Crocuses are to me a sign to start moving about outside again, to shake off the shackles of a long, cold winter and make a start on the garden…I leave all last years growth and leaves until this time to clear up so I have quite a task to get everything ready for the year.

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On top of everything I decided to attack the privet hedge with a serious prune…the sparrows were shocked by my sudden change in behaviour, but they could still feed when my back was turned so everything was alright 😉 . As I was working on the hedge I heard a lot of commotion behind me and as I turned I witnessed a sparrowhawk heading straight for me :O  ….it landed on the hedge about a yard from me, looked at me briefly then effortlessly took back to the wing (they make it look so easy). No photos of the incident unfortunately as I don’t generally expect a hawk attack when I’m pruning the hedge…

5 responses

  1. Your photography is outstanding!!! Your photos You can reach out and touch. It’s as if you are right there. Beautiful !!! *Cynthia

    March 9, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    • Thank you Cynthia! 😀

      March 10, 2013 at 12:56 am

  2. Hahahaha, wanna bet that SparrowHawk Knew You! haha He was just stopping by to say “Hiiiii, I’m backkkk…!”

    March 22, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    • (He’s your “good friend!”) Maybe you could design some sort of faux-bird much more frightening than him… Perhaps you might sleuth out where he stays… or maybe you could hang some twinkly lights about the walk and encourage his more wild nature to habituate other locales… of course your regular crew would consider it a real party, and no doubt the neighbors would be charmed! 🙂

      March 22, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      • Old hawky is fine with me…I mean, he has a right to eat too and it’s not his fault he was designed to be an expert hunter….the cats cause more problems here in that respect anyway and they don’t even need wild food…I may get one of those long range water pistols for the cats! 😉

        March 23, 2013 at 10:59 am

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