Easter pips
Saturday March 30th 2013, 8:30 pm
Filed under: Life,Wildlife

I washed the windows yesterday while I was overdoing it–or at least the imprints of a few doves fleeing the hawk, which is most of what was needed. They were ghostly, beautiful, the dust and oil in each feather on the chests and on the foremost edges of their wings rendering the perfect film negative with the light shining through. So intricate.  So detailed.

And having them there was a little too… Poor doves. Their swift moment of suffering had allowed my beloved hawk to live. Time to clean.

I was talking to Michelle this afternoon when she said, “Oh, you missed it.” I turned around and in that time he came back: the hawk had landed on the edge of the box a few feet away and was standing there looking in at us.

Perhaps he had come to study those windows that stood halfway between us, making sure. Yes. The glass was still there. The missing imprints could no longer warn off his prey about the solid surface, like that dove that got away yesterday, and so there shall be feasting.  Well done.

Meantime, in San Jose, it looks like we will have two Easter chicks (eyases). Clara the peregrine happened to turn the first egg with a pip right to the camera, which promptly zoomed in and started recording as the egg tooth worked away at the beginning of what will be a perfect cut around the circumference. I thought it looked like a second pip on the egg next to it, and it was reported to be clearly working away too this evening.

New life arises. Wishing a Happy Easter to all who celebrate it.

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Sometimes we forget that life does go on. The reason for the season.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 03.31.13 @ 7:17 am

yes! He is Risen!!

Comment by bev 03.31.13 @ 9:15 am

And a happy Easter to you.

Comment by Don Meyer 03.31.13 @ 9:48 am

Good mama, tending that new life. I’m glad you are feeling well enough to write about it. I hope you keep up the positive trend.

Comment by twinsetellen 03.31.13 @ 12:42 pm

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