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Short report this time, with a lack of particularly spectacular pictures, but here we go...


Like that weathervane? Get used to it...

The above pic, from Tuesday the 1st, shows one of the adult hawks making use of the First Church weathervane. Interestingly (to me, anyway), this is the first time in a few weeks of hawk-spotting that I've seen either adult up there; before this, it has always been one of the juveniles. I'm sure that's just a matter of timing, though. It makes a lot of sense as a favorite perch.

On Wed. the 2nd, I also got pics of an adult up there, but the quality was so lousy I couldn't find one worth including here. I also received an email from one of our students (naturally I alerted all of them to keep watch for hawks, once they got back!), saying she had seen one of the juveniles up on the Mem Church weathervane, as well as adults circling over Broadway.

Thursday evening, an encounter of a different sort:


Saw this robin as I was nearing the steps leading down from Pusey into Tercentenary Theatre, and was arrested by the greyish, spotty breast, something I'd never seen before. Consulting Sibley when I got home, I found that the spotty breast is a mark of the juvenile robin. Perhaps we can pretend that it is the same juvenile photographed and posted a couple of weeks ago, just out of the nest.


And then, drawn by that distinctive cry...


One of the juveniles, still hanging around and using the First Church weathervane perch!

Another interesting note, although I don't know how much significance to give it: looking back over all my pictures, I started to notice a way to tell the two juveniles apart. One has a thin but distinct band of dark feathers right across the base of the throat. The other juvenile doesn't.

It isn't always possible to tell whether that dark band of feathers is there (depends on the angle, and the way the bird is holding its head), but I have noticed that in the shots where I can tell, the last time I documented the Dark Band juvenile was back on Aug. 25th (when the two landed together on St. Paul's church). Since then, all the pics of a juvenile I've gotten have been White Throat. Interesting.

Anyway, back to Thurs's pictures. Crying:


And extending a leg -- for what purpose, I don't know. The leg went out; the leg went back in. Later, though, the leg went out and there was chin-scratching (bad pic, unfortunately).


Tune in next week, I guess, to see who's still around!


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Sep. 4th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
Hmm... parrots extend a leg and a wing at the same time in order to stretch. It's not like that, but then parrots are not hawks. So it might have been a leg stretch.
Sep. 4th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
So cool! I love the fact that chin scritching exists. And they do like to streeetch. Just like the herons, eh?

By the way, there were seven ravens at the roastery this morning. Got a few shots worth posting because they're ravens being raven like. Are you about, we should reconoiter. ;)
Sep. 8th, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
Pictures looked pretty spectacular to me! Sorry I haven't been around much - school has started - DUH! - and I am figuring out my schedule and time management. Email headed your way shortly...
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