Sunday February 27th 2011, 12:17 am
Filed under: Family,Life,Wildlife

They had given it a 50% chance of snow for yesterday or today, the last snow here having been in the mid ’70’s. My kids were disbelieving; I was hoping; my very old snow shovel that, it turned out, was not good for digging to China, was waiting with dilapidation; it didn’t happen. (Yet.) Unless you were several hours south of here at the beach.

And in that toasty weather, Clara, the celebrated City Hall peregrine falcon, laid her first red egg yesterday; every single year that first has come earlier than the previous year’s. Eggs, then white fluffballs, then baby birds with enormous feet, hanging over the 18th floor ledge waving a wing at the gawkers, and–okay, I won’t make them grow up too fast. 240 mph is going to be fast enough.

My resident Cooper’s hawk chased a dove and away.

I saw another Cooper’s standing on a light pole near downtown yesterday and  wondered if it’s one of our previous year’s hatchlings. All these magnificent big birds that had all but vanished when I was a kid: and they are back.

At least one of my Bewick’s wrens has her belly full and low and she seems hungrier than usual. Sweet gherkins or sour for you, m’dear?

And with my white wool of a previous Spring now blue yarn and put to needle, a few more stitches wrap happily around my life.

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Cute post. Congrats to Clara on the pretty red egg!

Comment by Channon 02.27.11 @ 9:38 am

ah yes, in springtime our fancies turn to thoughts of new baby birds! can’t want to see what adventures there will be in this year’s brood

Comment by Bev 02.27.11 @ 9:50 am

Someone will have to teach Parker how to “High Five”.

At the Friday current events class we were told that next week’s assignment is to bring in an animal story. So you know the first thing I saw in the paper — our old friends, the falcons.

Comment by Don Meyer 02.27.11 @ 10:47 am

Ah spring is in the air despite old man winters feeble attempts to thwart it. Someone told me according to the Farmers Almanac it will be an early spring – woohoo!!! You can have my snow anytime you want it :).

Comment by LDSVenus 02.27.11 @ 6:19 pm

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