Flying high
Monday September 14th 2009, 11:17 am
Filed under: Wildlife

My brother in Colorado had the flu two weeks ago and his fever hit 105, a new definition of Rocky Mountain High.  I didn’t have to go through anything like that, and today is definitely better than the weekend; thank you everybody for your kind notes.

I was filling the birdfeeder a few minutes ago, scaring off the squirrel and the birds as I walked outside with my measuring cup ready to pour sunflower seeds.  I stood on an outside chair to unscrew the top, looked up expecting to see the usual lineup of mourning doves and finches along the telephone wires watching and waiting–and saw, instead, familiar widespread wings riding the thermal up high above, soaring away…

Come closer! I silently begged at it.

And then it banked, turned, and it did.  Down much lower and towards me.  I could hardly breathe. I’d read recently that sometimes birds of prey will stake out birdfeeder territory as their own, so since this was my third sighting from my house, I felt I could claim it: this was my peregrine.

It swooped down low enough to show off.  You wanted to see me, lady? Here I am.

I am definitely better now!

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Ohhh Lovely!
AND that you can stand on a chair!

Comment by Diana Troldahl 09.14.09 @ 12:19 pm

How wonderful! I have not popped in for a while. A bit of illness around here. I had hoped you were well. I am pleased seeing the Peregrine made you feel better.

Comment by Vicki 09.14.09 @ 1:32 pm

How exciting that the peregrine came for a closer look. Glad you are feeling better!

Comment by Joansie 09.14.09 @ 1:40 pm

What a wonderful gift of presence!

Comment by Barbara-Kay 09.14.09 @ 1:48 pm


Comment by Alicia 09.14.09 @ 3:39 pm

That certainly will make you feel better. Glad you have your very own peregrine to make the flu seem more bearable.

Comment by Lene 09.14.09 @ 4:42 pm

Wow! Beautiful sight. I have my birds, and you have yours.



I only know the names of two angels. Hark and Harold.
Gregory, 5 

Everybody’s got it all wrong. Angels don’t wear halos anymore. I forget why, but scientists are working on it.
Olive, 9 

It’s not easy to become an angel! First, you die. Then you go to heaven, then there’s still the flight training to go through. And then you got to agree to wear those angel clothes.
Matthew, 9 

Angels work for God and watch over kids when God has to go do something else.
Mitchell, 7 

My guardian angel helps me with math, but he’s not much good for science.
Henry, 8 

Angels have a lot to do and they keep very busy. If you lose a tooth, an angel comes in through your window and leaves money under your pillow. Then when it gets cold, angels go north for the winter.
Sara, 6 

Angels talk all the way while they’re flying you up to heaven. The basic message is where you went wrong before you got dead.
Daniel, 9 

Angels don’t eat, but they drink milk from holy cows.
Jack, 6 

When an angel gets mad, he takes a deep breath and counts to ten. And when he lets out his breath, somewhere there’s a tornado.
Regan, 10 

Angels live in cloud houses made by God and his son, who’s a very good carpenter.
Jared , 8 

All angels are girls because they gotta wear dresses and boys didn’t go for it.
Antonia, 9 

My angel is my grandma who died last year. She got a big head start on helping me while she was still down here on earth.
Caitlyn, 9 

Some of the angels are in charge of helping heal sick animals and pets. And if they don’t make the animals get better, they help the kid get over it.
Vicki, 8 

What I don’t get about angels is why, when someone is in love, they shoot arrows at them.
Sarah, 7

Comment by Don Meyer 09.14.09 @ 7:19 pm

So, so cool.

Comment by Henya 09.14.09 @ 10:06 pm

We enjoyed lunch on a patio yesterday, and finches bounced and hovered around. It was nice.

Comment by Channon 09.15.09 @ 6:07 am

Yup, like Henya said: “Cool!”

Comment by LynnM 09.15.09 @ 7:36 am

WOW, that is really cool!

Comment by TripletMom 09.15.09 @ 7:37 am

Hooray for peregrines–and for feeling better!

Comment by Lanafactrix 09.15.09 @ 9:37 am

You flew with the birds! Wouldn’t it be neat to spread our arms and fly and float along the breezes?

Comment by ruth 09.15.09 @ 11:26 am

What are you doing standing on a chair?! Apparently, trying to worry me silly.

Comment by Momo Fali 09.15.09 @ 3:25 pm

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