Friday, July 25, 2008

Morning Walk July 25, 2008

This morning I shortened my walk some 20 minutes. However I observed some interesting things on my brief journey.

We have a pair of hawks roosting in a neighbor's yard. They prey on other birds, which is a source of consternation for Terry and a source of interest for me. The last couple of days what appear to be the parents have been found in nearby trees calling. I can't help but wonder if they aren't trying to get the young out of the nest.

This morning as I came up the Eastern lot line of the 2311 property I had a view of the two adults sitting side by side in a pine tree that sits almost over the garden on the property. It was fairly early and they sat there quietly looking over their world.

Along the gravel entry road to the same property if found a Common Whitetail Dragonfly fluttering by the side of the road. I had a feeling that its brief life was ending as the fluttering seemed futile and did not get the little insect airborne. I stooped to get a good look and was struck by the delicate nature of its wings. It had double wings and resembled a bi-plane with wings one in front of the other instead of on top of each other like a true bi-plane. It was a pretty creature.

I stopped and visited with my wife's father who had pulled in to work in his garden plot on our property. His Dr.'s visit yesterday went well and he seemed encouraged by the effort that will be made on his behalf. We observed one of the adult hawks sitting on a pine limb some 40 feet above us. We talked about the absence of rain and how rain cells seem to dissipate once they high the Delta land coming in from the West or Northwest.

The solitude of my walk was interrupted and time was getting on so while I enjoyed to interludes I decided I was hungry and should fix breakfast. It is time to get on with the day.



  1. What kind of hawk did you see? We get the sharp-shinned variety here a lot, but thats about it.

  2. I am leaning toward the Sharp Shinned. It could be a Cooper's, but I don't think so. The call sounds more like the Sharp Shinned.