February Gold

The golden sunrise belied the cold of the February morning.

 

 

It didn’t warm much that day. In matter of fact, the golden sunrise gave way to a day of snow a couple of hours later.

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A Cooper’s Hawk Visits

In early January, the frigid, wintry weather began to recede. While temperatures hovered around 0° F (-18° C), seeing the sun for the first time in days was much welcomed. The small colony of sparrows and finches roosting in our juniper tree would begin to emerge upon feeling the warmth of the rising sun. A Cooper’s hawk, probably on an early morning hunt for small birds and field mice, decided to stop and warm its feathers on the shepherd’s crook that holds the bird feeder.

 

 

 

 

 

A gorgeous bird by any definition. The sparrows and finches stayed quiet in the juniper as the Cooper’s hawk warmed itself for about 15 minutes before flying off.

Both Cooper’s hawks and red-tail hawks have adapted well to the urban/suburban interface. Bird feeders and trash bins have attracted the kind of prey these hawks love to hunt. Occasionally, rough-legged hawks will hunt closer to populated areas, though preferring to hunt in open, rural areas.

 

Note

Many thanks to Diana Miller of the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo with the identification. The center provides rehabilitation of injured raptors.

Office View

The pre-dawn sky was making its transition from darkness to sunrise. The color palate was rich and vibrant. The view from the office window, a pretty good one.

A colorful start, the day became a gray one with an occasional, stray snowflake drifting past the window.

Morning Solitude

As the early morning light begins to gather on the horizon, the neighborhood has yet to wake. Very few homes are lit. Though our home is brightly lit and active, looking out the window, there is a certain solitude in the pre-dawn darkness. The certainty we carry with us is that it will be a good day, no matter what happens.

Window Views

The winter months can make for some spectacular sunrises and sunsets. It has not been any different the past few weeks. Plus, the window view from the warmth and comfort of the indoors can’t be beat.

sunrise over the neighborhood

 

a patio sunset