Time for a Ramble in the Jordan Lake Neighborhood
The Cooper’s hawk is small, swift and often takes medium-sized birds while in flight.
Cedar waxwings are winter visitors here.
They love cedar berries and you can see the red “wax” at the inside lower edge of this one’s wing.
The first time I saw a Bonaparte gull I thought it was some species of tern.
These are dancers just above the water as they hunt for fish.
Immature great blue herons often look like they are feathered in a wash made from grey and pink pearls.
Both of these bald eagles are two-year-olds.
Both are absolutely certain that they are tougher than the other bird.
The bluffing and talon display went on for more than 2 minutes as the two tumbled across the sky.
They are practicing the skills they will need to have in order to gain a mate in about three years.
I was very sorry that some unthinking person left litter at the lake.
The crow was happy to find the litter.
In spite of my concern for the environment, I did have to laugh at the crow.
Please pardon the silent laughter causing a jiggle in the video…
First Nest update
Yesterday, I was standing on top of the dam when a bald eagle appeared, flying up from the south end of the lake.
I got my lens on the eagle, and suddenly realized I knew her.
Kate is the mother eagle at First Nest.
Kate turned her head and looked at me, changed her direction, made a single loop over me and headed back up lake.
I haven’t seen her in about 5 months.
This morning, I went by the First Nest cove.
The nest looked okay and I could hear an eagle calling.
I finally found Petruchio, the father eagle of First Nest, sitting up high on a favored perch in a pine.
While I was watching, he made a long swing down almost to lake level and I thought he was going fishing.
Turns out he wanted to investigate what the crows were doing.