Friday, October 03, 2008

A Pleasant Reason For The Chaos


There was lots of excitement in my 8th period class today. Even the normally "quiet" kids were not so quiet. And, then someone told me about the bird in our court yard. I looked out, and then grabbed my camera. We almost never see birds like this in the city and never in the courtyard, which is surrounded by the building on all four sides.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful bird!

Schoolgal

hobbitt said...

well he's (she) is a raptor of some kind. Even with your close up picture I'm having trouble which one since I can't see the side. It is truly beautiful. They will nest in cities, our city had a pair nesting at a billboard.

Again he's beautiful and will probably stay around for some time, though not territorial, they will pick an area for a time.

Anonymous said...

Falcons live under the Throggs Neck Bridge. We saw a bird like this recently right across the street from our house; it was sitting on a chain link fence. They are quite breathtaking and magnificent, aren't they?

Anonymous said...

Either a sharp-shinned hawk or a Cooper's hawk. Without a view of the tail or some background for estimating total size, I can't tell which for sure.

Pissed Off said...

I will post the original picture, without the blowup, maybe that will help.

hobbitt said...

Nice picture of a cooper's hawk here, in a similar pose.

http://www.bio.davidson.edu/people/vecase/behavior/Spring2007/Rittenberg/Habitat.htm

compare the picture.

Pissed Off said...

Thanks, but I can't find the bird in that picture. I'm going to do a google search for a cooper hawk.

Anonymous said...

Still not enough detail for me to positively identify it. Need to see the whole tail or the back of the head. Additionally, there needs to be some other object in the picture to provide a clue to the scale.

However, it is definitely an accipiter.

Mrs. T said...

A couple of years ago there was a wild turkey (not a bottle of Wild Turkey, mind you) on the roof of our building- all of the city kids were freaking out-calling the office to tell them, as if it were cause for alarm.
Beautiful bird- great picture!