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I have to start CARRYING the binoculars I have, man... - Diary of a Necromancer
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I have to start CARRYING the binoculars I have, man...
Latest addition to the area's wildlife roster is what I'm pretty sure is a merlin. (I may have seen this bird or its friends a couple of times before, in fact.) I turned around when I heard something odd chortling up in a tree and got a fairly good view of a smallish, pale hawk with dark bars, brown-bagging its lunch, which was either a pigeon or the front half of a squirrel (I saw the silhouette of two feet on the lump...), which it then carried over to another tree after a few moments. I shall be observing this second tree more closely, because it looked as if the bird might have been feeding its catch to some offspring...

I like this neighborhood. Except for the part where I was out in the first place trying to escape the #@$$% block party that's still going on a few yards from my bedroom window. I really kind of wanted a nap, dammit.


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vulgarweed From: vulgarweed Date: August 6th, 2011 11:05 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Could very well be! I've also seen both Peregrine Falcons and Cooper's Hawks in Chicago and those can looks similar from a distance. Both are larger, though.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: August 6th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
The neat thing about that site is the recordings of calls -- I'm pretty sure that this one was a merlin because it was up there yelling its head off about its catch, and that's the one on the site it sounded the most like. ;)
vulgarweed From: vulgarweed Date: August 6th, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
It makes it so much easier when they yell their heads off. Silent-but-deadlies are much more difficult. ;)

The bird-call collections on that site are also excellent for riling up cats.
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