Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

Sun shortage

There’s been a shortage of sun this week… which means I took these hawk pictures with my ISO settings to our new winter norm…. dim darkness. I’ll see another hawk on a different sunny day for clear photos.  So today it was bright for the eight hours of light we enjoy this late in the year. It’s always great to enjoy the sun.

I'm guessing a Red-tailed Hawk. I'm between laundry loads and too lazy to page through my field guides.


Always great to see the one-footed chickadee is surviving. The right toes are missing.

Holding down the fort.


14 responses

  1. Dear “Melissa Not Dusting But Doing Laundry”:
    Thanks for the update on the one-footed chickadee.

    November 30, 2011 at 10:43 pm

  2. melissakoski

    Oh, Dios mío! Eres tan divertida sin siquiera intentarlo. En este Adviento está pasando lentamente. Desearle a usted ya su familia también!

    November 30, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    • Muchas gracias! Bendiciones sobre usted y su familia también!

      November 30, 2011 at 11:01 pm

  3. melissakoski

    Gracias reverendo. Es aburrido sin ti aquí ….. pero tengo la paz sabiendo que tiene un momento de paz. (:

    November 30, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    • Aw, es muy dulce de decir, gracias. Realmente estoy en el trabajo y ha sido un cambio muy lento, gracias a Dios. Ahora si sólo permanecerá tranquilo hasta estoy fuera a medianoche! Paz.

      November 30, 2011 at 11:17 pm

  4. You’re right, that is a Red-tailed Hawk. I love the little chickadee, a little cutie. It looks like it may not be a wise idea to try and pick up that little ornament. It is well guarded. Happy December one. :-)

    December 1, 2011 at 8:52 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks for the ID Bob.

      Molly knocks down at least 10 ornaments a day. (:

      December 1, 2011 at 9:47 pm

  5. Amy

    Love Molly guarding the tree….The hawk is pretty cool too!!

    December 1, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    • melissakoski

      She’s been enjoying the tree. When the kids get home after school and we’re chatting she’ll launch herself into the branches. So predictable… Love you!

      December 1, 2011 at 9:39 pm

  6. Have you named the chickadee yet?

    December 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    • melissakoski

      Not yet… any suggestions? It’s a survivor…plopping itself straight into the middle of the tray feeder.

      December 1, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      • Lefty? Or Phoenix? Ahab? (He had a peg leg.)

        I dunno!

        December 2, 2011 at 5:35 pm

  7. Yo no hablo Espanol! Yo es confusio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 2, 2011 at 9:04 am

  8. Ah, a one-footed chickadee. We used to have an eastern box turtle with one eye. He or she (how does one sex a turtle?) would always circle the house the same direction with good eye in. Haven’t seen the rascal in a couple of years now – I guess he or she is gone.

    December 2, 2011 at 9:11 am


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