Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Do You Know This Bird?

I spent some time by the beach a bit over a week ago watching this hawk fly.

It stayed just over the bluffs, changing wing and tail ever so slightly to stay in place while it watched the ground.

Then it rested for a while.

It was splendid, shining in the warm air, striped, speckled and all together wonderful.

However... I do not know what kind of bird it is.


  1. I don't think so--you can't tell from the pictures, but it was a fairly small bird, about the size of a jay.

  2. Hey there Bookwyrme, I'm in your SF bookroup; nice to actually meet IRL someone else who keeps a blog. Well, mine's more of a journal. actually; I don't stick to much of a topic - it's more of a brain-downloading. Back to your topic; what you have there is an American kestrel, although I prefer its old common name of sparrowhawk (why, I dunno, not any fantasy connections or anything... ;) ). They're very good at hovering. If you noticed any blue color on it, it was a male.

    Hope you don't mind if I add you to my Google Reader list...

  3. Ah! Thanks. It was doing a magnificent job of hovering. I didn't see any blue, so I guess it was female.

    Um... you going to tell me *which* member of the SF book group you are?

  4. And, of course, I'll be delighted to have you add me :) But only if I get to add you on LJ!

  5. Of course you can add me on LJ! Happy to have you! Just a caution, I may get a little TMI from time to time; those entries are filtered. However, if you look at my profile there's a link to a poll where you can tell me your preferences, in case I post stuff you might not want to see.

    I haven't been making it to every single meeting lately so you might not remember me. Middle-aged, female sf fan? No, I guess that's about half of us. Curly brown hair and glasses ring a bell? I'm the one usually with a kid or two in tow. Deb usually likes to point out I'm a biologist, so occasionally people like to grill me on whether a particular alien would work or not. I work in fisheries management so I don't always know. ;p