Another Word on Birds
First off, here are two quick updates on the birds I've been posting about all week. This morning I parked my car in the usual place and started for the hated crosswalk. In my haste I blundered right past the female hummer on that same sage bush. She flew into the nearby tree and scolded me.
I apologized immediately.
"Sorry, little girl," I told her. "I didn't see you!"
At lunch time she scolded me again as she hovered next to the tree. I hadn't done anything wrong this time, though she apparently disagreed with me. That was the last time I saw her today.
But when I got back across the street after lunch, I belatedly noticed that there was a hawk on the same telephone pole our "mutant robin" hawk was on two days ago. The photo's not great - I took it from across the street. But it does show that this is clearly another Harris' Hawk, and just as clearly resembles our mystery bird. I therefore declare in favor of Sam's theory that our "round robin" was an immature (and possibly injured) Harris' Hawk.