Raptors' Paradise

While I content myself to watch the return of red finches to our feeder, Steven caught this juvenile sharp-shin (a graceful killer) on a neighboring rooftop:

When he shrieks, pigeons take flight.

Larger raptors are too slow for a fast snack, but not so for the streamlined sharp-shin (or merlin, depending on whose identification you trust).

They like the long vistas from our hill as much as we do, and especially like winging around that statehouse: not only a magnificent example of Mckim Mead & White neoclassicism, but also a raptor's paradise.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

They sit there waiting for food like my dog waits for people to drop food at the kitchen table.

-Zane of ontario honey

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