Monday, September 27, 2010

Northern Harriers

Earlier this summer, a family of Northern Harriers took up residence, identified by their white rump patch and their call, a weak nasal whistle. They liked to perch in my maple tree and watch the little birds servicing the suet block. For several weeks I could often hear them calling from other trees in the neighborhood, or see one or two take wing.

One morning I looked out my front door window to see four of them: Two in the maple, one on the ground, and one perched on my car!

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My chickadees were wiped out by the back-to-back blizzards of last winter. Only one pair set up housekeeping this spring, and they were from out of town.

I am training their chicks, however. :o)