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Friday, August 12, 2005

Friday Bird Blogging: Backyard Edition

Check out what I found foraging in my backyard this week:

I know, it's the worst possible picture, but I could only get as close as the kitchen window. I feel like a Bigfoot hunter. "Really, it was right there in my backyard. See, I have this blurry photo!" In case this makes it any more apparent:

Is it a Cooper's Hawk or Sharp-Shinned? Not like anyone can tell from the photo; everyone will just have to take my word for it. It's likely not exciting to many, but I've never seen a bird of prey up close, so I was ecstatic. If the RSPB Geltsdale nature reserve has any influence, we might see more like them in the future. Hooray for the Baby Boom for Birds of Prey!

Of course, wild fauna are captivating, but what Friday Bird Blogging would be complete without a glimpse of the rare and majestic Martingale enjoying a stroll in the backyard?