Friday, June 24, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hawk Chick Finale (probably)

The chicks are fledglings now and are doing lots of branch hopping.  They are shown here in a palm tree which is next to their own nest tree.  They're on the move.  (Yes, there are still 4 youngsters.  One must have been camera shy.)


It's been fun and a rare opportunity to have pictures of their progress and development.  My thanks to Maureen who has kept us supplied with terrific images. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hawk Chick Update (plus Owl)

Remember the earlier blog post where the hawk chicks were removed from the nest by a research team from the UofA?  The babies were too young to be banded
The university professor and student returned a week later to band the babies. Look at those feet!
The U of A reseach team is proving to be an endless source of education and entertainment.  Today they attempted they to incite the mother hawk into attacking the teethered owl perched beneath her nest in hopes of catching her in the large volley ball like nets and banding her.  Mom remained unimpressed and maintained her view from afar.  We humans on the other hand, thoroughly enjoyed the show.  The owl was unflappable and thought we were all crazy.

Mother Hawk is probably well versed in the way of people by now.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Rooster Caught Smooching With Younger Woman!

We've been going to Dog Agility Tests for the past few weeks...gone every weekend plus travel time.  It was worth it as "Rooster" completed his requirements to earn the ADCH title  (Agility Dog Champion).
I can't run Rooster anymore (bad knees) so a friend runs him for me.  He really likes her.  In fact, I caught them smooching!!!  In a public park!!!

We were in the San Diego area (Chula Vista/Bonita) and the weather was wonderful.  Trees were in bloom.  Notice the spent flowers on the grass?  It was a great trip.