Skreee!

Jan. 5th, 2007 01:32 pm
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There are a pair of redtail hawks who live around my work building. The tower's 15 stories tall, and between it, the Promenade shopping center and other high office buildings in the area there are some great clifflike perches and wind currents. I'm always hoping to get a look at one from inside the office while it's perching on the building windowsill.

I just saw one from the lunch room window, and watched as it glided down to a perch on a telephone pole. Soon enough the other came to join, taking two playful, acrobatic, completely pointless loops in the air before going down to it's mate. The other took off, and they circled around each other above the hillside and Sepulveda traffic until they worked their way out of sight.

Raptors are always thrilling to watch, and seeing a (presumably) mated pair playing in the wind put a great spin on lunchtime.
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I have now positively identified the yellow-headed bird in the backyard as a Townsend's warbler.  There's also a black phoebe across the way, but I have been seeing more of those recently.  A rare treat was the black oystercatchers along the Playa del Rey breakwater.  Keeping the warbler company are also a bunch of enthusiastic bushtits/nuthatches/chickadees/titmice, but I haven't gotten a clear look at them!  They are tiny and move fast.

Besides the omnipresent in-city English sparrows, pests starlings, flying rats pigeons, mockingbirds, Ana's hummingbirds, mourning doves, scrub jays, Western gulls, California gulls, herring gulls, American crows, and slightly less often-seen but not rare house/purple finches, Brewer's blackbirds, red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, ravens, and oh yes parrots, I have also spotted roadrunners (when on road trips, heh), an osprey or two, red-winged blackbirds, rocksAmerican kestrels (male and female, likely a mated pair), ring-necked doves, prairie falcons, willets, sanderlings, long-billed curlews, marbled godwits, black turnstones, killdeers, avocet, and a bunch of others I'm too lazy to remember or list at the moment.

The Townsend's and oystercatchers were a treat though.  There was also a snowy egret and a milieu of terns, sanderlings, willets and turnstones, but no blue herons.

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