Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Monday, October 31, 2011

Birds of Prey

On the West side of our house is a very tall eucalyptus tree. We have a standing debate in our house about getting this tree trimmed. I always vote "no."

Now the neighbor across the street has weighed in as a "no" because he is delighting in the birds our tree attracts . . . because it is tall and those empty top branches give them a great view.

This is an osprey (we believe) that he caught a couple of weeks ago. We were gone but he said half the neighborhood was standing around looking at our tree. Osprey live on fish so if this is one we wonder how he is doing here in the desert . . . although there are lakes in the area.               
                                    Last week he watched a hawk enjoying the view.

Pretty soon another hawk appeared and chased the first one away.

Aren't these birds amazing?

We also have a visiting owl but we haven't gotten any photos yet. We believe his/her nest is under one of the overpasses on the the local freeway. I LOVE waking up in the early morning hours and hearing him hoot, hoot, hooting away.

There are so many surprises in the desert, in the city and wherever you may be if you just keep your eyes and ears open.