Two birds spotted while hiking the trails on top of the coastal bluffs southwest of Los Angeles. First a lesser goldfinch, which took me forever to actually catch on camera (there were 3 or 4 of them flitting around and not stopping for very long anywhere!) and a black phoebe that was perched a few yards from the trail.
#birds #photo #nature #finch #phoebe
“Non-screaming goats now have a rare chance to produce a screaming goat when bred”
Oops, I forgot to include the link. It’s from the next bugfix release for Minecraft.
JAVA Edition: 1.17.1 Pre-Release 1
The kid has taken a midi of Pachelbel’s Canon and used a sample of the Roblox player-hurts sound for every instrument. “Canon in Oof,” he calls it.
“Oof remixes” seem to be a thing among this set.
This hawk was riding the updraft above the coastal bluffs.
#birds #nature #hawk
On iNaturalist (cropped)
Kid’s friend, playing Minecraft, deadpan: “I spent all my emeralds on bread, I hope you’re happy.”
It turns out the crows *had* been trying to scare off a hawk that had killed a pigeon and settled into the tree to eat it. At first I could only see the occasional feather raining down, until I moved to where I could see through a gap in the branches.
The hawk was huge. It’s probably one of the hawks that I see around regularly, but most of the time they’re up in the sky or perched high enough I don’t have any sense of their scale.
#photo #birds #hawk #nature #BirdOfPrey
This was just on the corner of a block in the suburbs. People were still out watching (and the crows hadn’t returned) when I decided to continue on my walk.
Usually I see the red-tailed hawks out by the nearest school field or the greenbelt by the power transmission lines, and I only see the smaller cooper’s hawks along the residential streets.
Cross-posted on K2R
This hawk had killed a pigeon(?) and brought it to this tree on the corner of a suburban block to eat it. People were standing out in their front yards watching it. Feathers were dropping as it ate.
It’s probably one of the same hawks I see in the area from time to time, but it looked huge. Though that could just be from it being a lot closer to the ground than I usually see them!
As soon as I stepped out the door for a walk this morning, I heard a lot of crows making a lot of noise down the street. They were perched on a telephone pole, flying up and swooping around like they were trying to scare off a hawk.
Of course I walked toward them to see what was going on.
By the time I reached the end of the block, the crows had given up and flown off. But I noticed people were out in their front yards looking up at a tree…
#photo #crow #TelephonePole #birds #BlackAndWhite
Cross-posted on K2R
These crows were making a huge racket, some of them taking off, swooping and perching again, trying to scare off a hawk that had caught a pigeon and was eating it in a nearby tree. The hawk didn’t leave. The crows did.
It’s hard to see them, even the male with a bright red head, but there are a bunch of house finches in the frame.
Grocery & takeout run yesterday, first since Tuesday’s CA “reopening” (i.e. no more restrictions on what can be open or what capacity, masks only required if unvaccinated, but venues can still have their own requirements if they want to.) Most people are still masking indoors, even in the mall (I forgot which entrance the restaurant was next to).
Holding out hope that in this area at least, people are taking it slow this time instead of throwing caution to the wind again.