Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

I’ve had two amazing surprises within the past week that, unfortunately, I wasn’t able to capture with my camera.  Both were visitors to our backyard.

The first was… a fox!  He visited Thursday morning at 10:00am, and he it stayed for about five minutes, giving me a lot of time to watch what it was up to.  When it first caught my attention, walking along the fence, I assumed it was a cat.  Then I realized it was much larger than a cat.  The fox found a way to jump down in to the yard and proceeded to sniff around the entire perimeter of the yard.  Then it sniffed around our entire deck area.  The fox seemed to be trying to find a way to get under the deck.  My favorite part was when the fox walked right up to the sliding glass window where I was standing not two feet away (on the other side of the glass).  It gave me an excellent opportunity to see how beautiful he (she?) was.  I also enjoyed watching how the birds reacted to the intruder.  The chickadee watched the fox closely from the oak tree, excitedly yelling “chick-a-dee-dee” over and over and over until he left the area.  Two scrub jays were also keeping a close eye on the fox.  All other birds fled.  The fox left the yard by climbing up one of the fence poles in the same was the squirrels do, and walked off down the fence to visit another yard.  I was able to follow his movements for a while by the behavior of the birds.

The second surprise visitor this week was… a hawk.  It attacked the bird feeder.  Well, it tried to capture a bird at the feeder, but I don’t think it was successful.  I heard the attack.  It sounded as if the bird feeder had been knocked over, so I ran over to see what happened.  I assumed it was a squirrel.  But sitting on the fence was a hawk!  It didn’t seem to have caught anything.  My movement frightened it, and it instantly flew off.

Since I wasn’t able to capture either of these visitors with my camera, my entry for the photo challenge this week will have to be about all the surprises hidden under our Christmas tree.  My five-year-old is so excited, he’s about to explode.

Happy holidays, everyone!

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Weekly Photo Challenge:  Surprise


  1. LyannV says:

    Merry Christmas! My own children are beside themselves with anticipation, and I’m looking forward to seeing the looks of surprise they will surely have when they discover the gifts Santa delivered…they know full well mom and dad can’t afford them! 😀 I’ll bet you’re getting at least an hourly report – question? – of Santa’s progress!

    Looking forward to a Happy New Year, and wishing you all the best!


    1. A Nature Mom says:

      Oh, yes, the Santa visit is the highlight of everything right now. My son is eagerly awaiting the lightsaber that he is completely sure Santa is going to bring (which, well, I’m sure he will…). Enjoy this time with your children, Lyann! 🙂


      1. LyannV says:

        And you, as well! 🙂


  2. Clanmother says:

    That was a wonderful Christmas present!! All the very best of the season to you and yours!! I look forward to tagging along on our 2013 adventures.


    1. A Nature Mom says:

      You, too, Clanmother!


  3. mmtread says:

    Merry Christmas, Nature Mom (and family)! Hope you have a marvelous holiday.

    We had a moment of avian excitement here today was well. I was at the kitchen window looking at two pigeons sitting on the roof a few feet away from me, when a sparrow hawk dive bombed in and tried to snatch one – unsuccessfully. He flew to a nearby tree and pouted a bit before flying off.

    Keep up the good work in 2013, and I look forward to reading more about your nature adventures.


    1. A Nature Mom says:

      Ooh, the sparrow hawk attack must’ve been exciting! Merry Christmas to you and your family, too, and a happy new year!


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