Veer-ing off a moment here
Sunday April 25th 2010, 10:25 pm
Filed under: Wildlife

One other thing about yesterday’s trip: driving up 280, just north of the Flintstone house, I saw the wings overhead of a raptor riding the thermals with that familiar angle of, apparently, a peregrine falcon.  I exclaimed over it and told Nina.  And then on our way home, in close to the same spot, I saw one again! Kicking the breeze, sightseeing from above.

Meantime, Veer, last year’s male peregrine fledgling, has been spotted safe and sound a few miles northeast of where he grew up on San Jose City Hall’s 18th floor nest. His beak and talons are starting to turn yellow; next, his chest will turn more fully white, and by next spring he will be a full-fledged (well, yeah) adult.  The band on his leg verified it was him as  Eric the photographer snapped photos of Veer here.

Did my heart good, I tell you. Meantime, this year’s three surviving eyasses are growing by the day.  And to think there were only two surviving nesting pairs in all of California and zero left on the East Coast in the 1970’s.

We can create much good out of imperfect circumstances–if we pay attention, if we care enough, and if we believe and pray to get it right and then go and actually do.

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“Do what is right; let the consequence follow…”

Comment by Lynn 04.26.10 @ 3:47 am

I thought about your, Saturday, while I watched Penguins of Madagascar on TV: Skipper fell in love with a female Peregrine Falcon who fell into their zoo because her wing was broken. In the end, he decided they have to start seeing other people because he’s not all that comfortable going out with a bird who eats squirrels. lol

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 04.26.10 @ 6:59 am

What a happy post! The little things really do make a difference.

Comment by Channon 04.26.10 @ 7:53 am

” Mother = Clara, Father = Esteban Colbert. ” It never gets old!

Comment by LynnM 04.26.10 @ 9:45 am

Birds in flight are a beautiful sight, and the ones that soar look so graceful.

Fun –


~ The rosebud on the alter this morning is to announce the birth of David Alan Belzer, the sin of Rev. and Mrs. Julius Belzer.

~ This afternoon there will be a meeting in the south and north ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.

Comment by Don Meyer 04.26.10 @ 10:05 am

Hi, I just started reading your blog and I feel so inspired to take more notice of the world around me. I also am interested in trying your pattern for the embossed diamonds afghan. It is so beautiful, however, I live in northern California (Arcata) and only have access to one meager yarn shop so I have been shopping online for the perfect yarn for this afghan but am not sure how much material I will need and what size to expect the afghan to be…any help from you would be so much appreciated!!
Thanks and Best, Beth

Comment by Beth 04.26.10 @ 7:59 pm

Great post to start the day. A little humor, a little inspiration.

Comment by twinsetellen 04.27.10 @ 5:39 am

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