|Looking down the length of my new workbench.|
The new bench is a relief because it opens up the workshop. I have the big table on the other side, though now it is covered by a table loom. One of my long-term goals is to get a small studio loom. I would like the 24 inch 8 harness LeClerc Compact. It folds nicely and I have space for it opened or closed. I would then sell my 20 inch 8 harness table loom to free the table to make way for other projects--like jewelry making, project planning and sewing. And writing a book, though I can do that from my easy chair.
|There's room for stuff underneath.|
I checked on the Cornell site and that may have been a Cooper's Hawk--a very similar looking bird to the Sharp Shinned but bigger. Of course, hawks vary in size with the female being bigger than the male, so it's tough to gage, but the hawk I saw was on the big side but I didn't have my binoculars to check out tail roundness etc. . My only clue is that it was going after a mammal, a trait Cornell attributes to Cooper's Hawks and not Sharp-Shinned. Also, like Sharp-Shinned Hawks, Cooper's Hawks have moved to the suburbs to enjoy all the easy bird feeder meals.
A white crowned sparrow was jumping around in the cover of the giant non-flowering broccoli plants in our garden. I suppose he was finding something to eat to refuel as he continues his trip south. I should have asked him what the North Country was like this summer but he was pretty busy bouncing around. The giant plants at least provide cover for the little guy. I doubt a hawk could find a way down in there. We will be winterizing the garden soon and planning for the next season.