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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Monday, March 23, 2009


(The title of the post is an OLD song...do you remember it??) Well, this is what I saw when looking through our dining room window a couple of days ago. The hawk NATURALLY turned away just as I clicked the shutter...then he flew off. Dan is in the middle of a pine siskin feeding frenzy. I had to stop cooking supper so he could play with the birds! At one point he had about 4 in his hand and as you can see one perched on his arm.
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  1. How neat that they fly up into his hands! The only bird I have had the privilege to hold was when a tiny hummingbird flew into our window last year. I had just read an article that they may appear dead when they are not and that you gotta get them upright again. I held him upright for over 10 minutes..his head was wobbly so I thought he had broken his neck and was dying.
    But, Lo and behold!...he woke up and flew away.
    It was amazing to hold him. He was so tiny and so many rainbow colors in his feathers!

  2. fyi...an accipiter (not a hawk)! Probably an early Sharp-shinned Hawk very happy that it found a terrific smorgasbord.

  3. Retired One...Dan was thoroughly enjoying himself. But I like the hummer stories, such as yours. They are so precious! We've had a couple of instances in being able to help hummer and it makes ya feel good when they fly away!

  4. es...that is a 9 letter word...can't use it for Scrabble! But thanks for the info! He sure did scramble the yard of birds. It was a while before they came back. I'm just glad he didn't fly into the picture window!


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