First let me start off by wishing everyone a Happy New Year. I've been out of commission for a month so far. I had full knee replacement at the beginning of December and outside of the numbness and physical therapy I am doing fine. It was hard though to sit still and not be able to go out and look for our feather friends but I made the best of it just watching from my kitchen window. The yard was full and still is of sparrows (naturally), but my thistle socks keep attracting anywhere from a dozen or two of Goldfinches at one time and at least six Juncos feeding on the ground below. I had and still do have a pair of Cardinals and Downy Woodpeckers feeding daily along with a couple of House Finches.
On January 1st sitting on the back fence of my yard was a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Able to move around a little better I grabbed my camera and slowly made my way from the front of the house to the back corner so I wouldn't scare him off. I managed a couple shots and then brought myself out into the open. I managed a couple more shots and a couple more steps everytime. I was a little surprised that he didn't take off. He did give me a couple of good shots.