Eyrie sweet eyrie
Wednesday June 02nd 2010, 9:53 pm
Filed under: Wildlife

There was the most intense, colorful sunset this evening: a long beach of gold reaching towards the top of City Hall towering over San Jose, and above it, layer on layer of white wisps of cloud against lighter and darker shades of blue sky, like a tide rolling in, the foam spreading forward over the water to tickle your feet in the sand.

And framed in that sky stood a peregrine falcon at the top corner of the building.  I so hope someone took permanent stills of what could be seen on the cam.  The wind was blowing her upper feathers outward, like a woman wearing a shawl against the cold on a brisk evening by the Bay.

Then at least two (EC, the father, was shown perched on the other side of the building) took off to go splash in that air.  Playing. Soaring. Swooping. Not in the frenzied fury of protecting their eyrie but just trying out, yet again, how it feels to ride a thermal. All that time in the nestbox, Maya, did you ever imagine we could do this!

One swooped toward the camera.  Hey you!  Come soar with us too!

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Neat. You could write a great children’s book about the falcons…

Comment by Channon 06.03.10 @ 6:12 am

what a wonderful word picture you have drawn here — “like a woman wearing a shawl against the cold on a brisk evening by the Bay” anyone that has spent any time in the Bay Area will understand the need for that shawl — and no doubt you’re in the process of creating some appropriate pattern for the peregrins to share with us mere mortals — you make my day!

Comment by Bev 06.03.10 @ 7:20 am

Well, Channon and Bev said it — you do have a way with words. It really would be great if someone got a camera shot of the falcon soaring!

Humor from a bygone era:

What do you call it when businessmen fumble for the lunch check?

Shellout falter.

Comment by Don Meyer 06.03.10 @ 9:39 am

More poetry, more grace…

I’m not a betting woman, but I too believe that some of this inspiration will translate into a knitted lace pattern at some point in time. 🙂

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 06.03.10 @ 1:26 pm

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