Harriet the Hippie-Hawk
Harriet is a Sharpie (Sharp Shinned Hawk) who started visiting
my garden in September, 2005.
Here's old pencil-legs the first time I saw her (they don't
call them "sharp shinned" for nothin'):
Sharpies are the smallest hawks. It will be hard to see
this in my pics because
I take you up close, but here's a pic of her on my wheel
barrow for size reference
(she said she'd help me with my garden chores if I put up some
bird feeders for her):
She's about the size of a robin.
So I put up a gazebo full of bird feeders, but Harriet
erroneously thought that I meant this to be a place for her to
feed *on* birds. The gazebo has 6 bird feeders hanging
at the top for the perch-feeding-birds, and more sunflower
seeds on the ground for the ground-feeders.
Here's a close up of the top of the gazebo with many LB's
(Little Birds) socializing while waiting to eat at the
For those seeking the LB names, there were Lesser Goldfinches,
Pine Siskins, Purple Finches, and a Junco there that day.
When Harriet arrives, the LB's take off in a rapid manner.
I decided to give the ground feeding LB's a little protection
from Harriet. I left a roll of
wire-fence in the gazebo with holes large enough for the LB's to get through,
but not Harriet.
Harriet was not wild about this
idea. In fact, one might say she was genuinely miffed
Isn't she beautiful when she's angry?
Here you can see Harriet's change to adult coloration (at two
years old). Her eyes changed from gold to copper;
back feathers from brown to grey; and her chest feathers
changed from brown and white to rufus and white.
She continues to come to the gazebo looking for nummies.
Here she is watching the nummies whisk right by her
When it's cold out she fluffs up her
when it's warm she slicks them down (with hair gel of course).
Sometimes she has a bad hair day
When she finds me *really* annoying, she glares at me
and then flies away.
Sometimes she sits on the fence and watches the gazebo, hoping
the LB's will come back.
Here she's pooping. How rude!
She prefers a bit of privacy at these
But honestly, she can't lecture about etiquette when she has
bad table manners - what a mess!
Still, she's mighty pretty.
And the allegations that Harriet is a
hippie who's always on pot are true!
For size reference, this is a very large pot (5 gallon).
*Serious* bird photographers only approve of
pics of birds on natural perches,
not gazebos, fences and pots. Here are a few pics for
those of you who are serious:
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