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Starting the day off with the beauty of mother nature

Friday, September 19, 2014

On the 1st of this month we had a pretty sunrise.

Around 7am My Hubby was on his computer that sits in front on our back window. You can see most of our yard, and watch birds etc. He heard a splash in our pool, and then noticed ripples. He went outside to investigate. There was a Dove that had landed in the pool. It was using it's wings to swim from the deep end to the shallow, then just floated like a Duck. Poor thing was scared. Dennis used the pool net to remove the Dove. He then put the Dove by one of our Rose Bushes and Garlic Plant to dry off.

We walked around the Dove to make sure it was ok, and it just watched us. About 4 hours later the Dove flew into our front yard. We were relived. The next day we saw it on our fence in the front yard, once again, just staring at us. Maybe it wanted to say thank you.
Now this is the culprit that knocked the Dove into the pool. A Coopers Hawk. The Hawk never shows up here until Fall. Makes me wonder if we will have a early Fall this year, as this isn't the first time we have seen this Hawk. Hawks will fly into a Dove etc., knock them so hard they fall to the ground, then grab their prey. It didn't work out for the Hawk this time. It stayed on the telephone wire for a bit, and watched the Dove swimming, but became nervous when Dennis was taking pictures of it. It flew off.

Around 10am I saw a different Dove in our front yard.

House Finches and Sparrows where having a feast also in the front yard.

In the afternoon the dogs got a bath. Henley the Hero looked the saddest, so I had to take pictures of the poor lad.

After that we exercised Huck and Meg's.

My friend, who owns Huck and Meg's had 2 huge Pumpkins on her table. This was the beginning of Sept. Early for Pumpkins, but they look nice and healthy. The nurse that takes care of my friend's Mom grew Veggies etc. in her Mom's back yard. A green thumb for sure!

DH just informed me we need to go grocery shopping. I will finish my blog later.
Thank you for your hugs and comments from yesterdays blog. Your kind words put a smile on my face. Nothing like having good friends! emoticon

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    Beautiful Pictures. We have 5 good sized pumpkins that came up by themselves from last years pumpkin. Have a greta weekend.
    2012 days ago
    Those sunrise pictures are really so pretty...and peaceful. I love the dog photos too and your latest blog...the roses are magnificent!
    2015 days ago
    You always have such a nice bunch of birds in your yard. I'm hoping the hawk will take note that there are people in your yard taking care of the smaller ones and he needs to go somewhere else to hunt!!! Nya-nya, Mr. Hawk!!
    Poor Henley!! But he's soft and smells nice again, so I'm sure, once again dry, he's feeling better about the whole thing!! hehe
    Always love seeing Huck and Meg's. What beauties they are, but then I love 'em all!!!
    Nice, BIG ole pumpkins!!!! WooHoo!!! Would make for great, scary jack o'lanterns!!!
    I need to go to the store, too, and DS & I are going out for dinner soon, so I need to see what's on my list that I need to buy so we can go there on the way home.
    Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!!! (((HUGS))) and of course, (((HUGS))) to all the critters!!!
    2016 days ago
    Henley the Hero looked very sad indeed but I am sure after he felt better tha the was given a bath.

    Huck & Meg looked very happy

    Enjoyed the story about the Dove - glad the Hawk didn't get the dove.

    Have a great Sunday emoticon
    2016 days ago
    Awhhhh lucky little dove! We have hawks in our backyard too here in FL. They are really ruthless predators aren't they? We used to have an abundance of bird feed in our feeders but I started feeling like the birdies were sitting ducks for the hawks and owls that learned this was an easy prey spot. We also had squirrels that loved the feeders but Mr. Bobcat would try to nab them...so we let the feeders go empty. I hated to do that but thought it was more merciful than having our beautiful little cardinals and chickadees get attacked. Then of course there were the nasty crows...don't like those big bullies at all. Every species has them don't they...the pushers, shovers, and takers. Even in the bird world. Sad face!

    Mr. Henley should feel all better now...being nice and fresh...he surely wasn't enjoying the 'moment' though! emoticon

    Loved your beautiful pictures my friend! I'm on day 2 of a streak I hope to keep getting out for my walks EARLY...before I wake up enough to talk myself out of them! emoticon
    2016 days ago
    Maybe the beautiful sunrise was your friend Kathy's way of letting you know that she's okay now, and surrounded by those she loved that passed before her. I do think that the people we care about try to send us messages after they pass - we just have to be willing to watch for them.

    Poor Henley, he did NOT enjoy that bath. I bet the water felt nice and cool, though.
    2017 days ago
    I'm glad the dove is ok now. Wish I could give Henley a hug to help him with the bath.
    2017 days ago
    awww so glad you saved the dove... poor thing. Your pups are soo cute.. even if one was sad about bathtime.l YOu know he felt better later!

    Thanks for sharing!

    2017 days ago
    So glad u helped the dove and that it's ok! love your pictures!!!! enjoy the weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2017 days ago
    Those are beautiful photos! I love your Aussie Shepherds!!! :D (Those are Aussies right?) Sadly I'm in NYC so I don't get a chance to really interact with nature on a daily basis. I miss the hikes I used to take when I lived in a smaller town. But we had an early fall too! Time for jackets~~
    2017 days ago
    Great Pic!!!
    2017 days ago
    GREAT pictures. You know I just love those pups!!!
    2017 days ago
    Henley looks so sad, but he kept still for you.

    Lucky dove must have 9 lives.

    Have a good week Jeanne


    2018 days ago
    Interesting blog...one lucky dove! emoticon
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  • JAMER123
    I am sure the Dove was sitting there telling you thank you. To be knocked out of the air and fear drowning, a human can be their last chance. Thanks to Dennis having seen it. I have only seen Cooper hawks in pictures but I know bigger birds love to take on littler ones.
    Beautiful sunrise pictures!! And then there is poor Henley! So sad :( That's bath time at our house too with Keeleigh.
    Thanks for sharing!
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    2018 days ago
    beautiful photos, as usual. Coop has been hanging out around here, too -- it knows that we have a bird feeder!
    2018 days ago
  • KIM22211
    always love the pics!
    2018 days ago
    Love those sunrises. Nice sunset right now.
    Yes I have seen our Coopers Hawk, he's back!! Very quiet when he is around.
    Patty hates bathtime too, has been so hot I do it outside too, sure cools them off.

    Miss growing pumpkins, those look great. emoticon emoticon
    2018 days ago
    What an interesting blog. The Coopers hawk lost his meal ticket but the dove can still COO!!

    I had to rescue an animal from our pool. I wanted ladders not steps I thought and still believe it was the way to go. The desperate animal was tiring fast. I had to send 6 kids in to the house. I put the net on the longest of our poles. It was almost longer than the width of the pool. I carefully got the net below and the little bedraggles critter just lay on the net panting.
    Then ran in to the house.
    The kids and I saw a wobbly SKUNK step off the net and on to the grass. He was there for hours and the kids could not go out. They knew the skunk looks good and smells bad so we got out the LEGO on a beautiful summers day. Pat in Maine.
    I loved your blog. Well done! emoticon
    2018 days ago
    Ah wet dog smell!!! My dog must be weird. When we tell him it's tubby time, he'll jump right in.

    That was nice you were able to save the dove. It probably returned to say thanks.

    Enjoy your weekend.

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    2018 days ago
    Glad to hear the dove is fine. Love the pictures.
    2018 days ago
    Lovely photos. So glad the dove was saved but the hawk must eat I suppose. Thanks so much I love your blogs.
    2018 days ago
    That dove was very luck you had a pool.
    2018 days ago
    Poor pup going through that torture. Myou pup hates a bath, but tomorrow is the big day. I'm glad the hawk didn'the get the dove. I bet the dove was thanking you for sure. Don't you just love a rescue! Great pics.
    2018 days ago
    Henley does look a bit sad but then I'm sure he was glad for the bath afterwards!!!
    So glad the dove was safe. Looks like he wanted to thank Dennis for getting him out of the water. Too bad about the hawk getting after him.

    Beautiful pictures as usual!!

    Have a great weekend. emoticon
    2018 days ago
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    It is so funny how dogs do not like to be bathed!
    Glad that hawk missed out on such a pretty dove! Great pics of the both it and the hawk! Your dogs are adorable!
    I love pumpkins! To eat that is...I am salivating just thinking of those good pies! emoticon
    2018 days ago
    Beautiful blog and beautiful photos too. emoticon
    Thank you for sharing.
    Have a really good week emoticon end
    2018 days ago
    Truly enjoyed reading your blog (pictures and narration, too!).
    2018 days ago
    Henley looks so miserable about being bathed!

    That hawk needs to go elsewhere. I've had two mourning doves coming to my yard for at least two years. Did you know they mate for life? For a time late spring into early summer, only one was showing up at my feeder. Then about a week ago, there were 3 of them out eating bird seed among the other birds! I think maybe momma was hatching a baby who is now old enough and big enough to hang out with the folks until it finds its own mate.

    Have a super weekend!
    2018 days ago
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