Saturday, September 26, 2009

I said CAW!

Being out on a golf course here in this city I've seen a spectacle occur a few times... a hawk being chased in the air by crows. It's kinda amazing to see those fearless black birds chasing after a predator like that. Of course they are almost the same size and all, but still. Different birds of a flock and all... hawks have talons and beaks geared for meat-pecking. Crows just have "plain old bird toe nails" and beaks meant for acting like a pair of pliers.

Anyways, I hear the ruckus and look up and I always see 1-3 crows surrounding a soaring hawk. They're screaming at him and he's just trying to soar away out of their territory. Actually I've seen one of the crows even grab some of the hawk's feathers while in the air. It's really quite something to see.
My dad compares it to fighter jets chasing a bomber.

Reminds me of this other time when I was out taking a walk and there was a fox sitting under a tree about 40 feet away. There was a magpie squawking at him and bugging him. The bird even went so far as to grab the fox's tail by the fur and lift it up. The fox was watching me and only looked at the bird when he grabbed the tail... So, wonder what the reasons for that where? Did the fox grab something of the bird's? Was the bird just being a pest? LOL Crazy animals.

Speaking of golf courses... yesterday I also watched a huge flock of Canadian geese just mozey on out in the middle of the driving range. That's right, the driving range. Two of them plopped down, just as easy-breezy as could be. No worries. The other 2 dozen were happily pecking grass. Meanwhile about 10 people were spanking dimpled balls right at them.
Man. WTF? Silly birds.

This course is a haven for birds and animals. They even have a little "fox crossing" sign up on one of the golf cart paths. Yesterday Ryan and I were "chased" by a begging squirrel. What a cutie that squirrel was. There's tons of flickers out there as well. And a couple of weeks ago I was sitting by the water fountain waiting for my dad and Ryan when a little house finch landed on my lap. He just flew down from a tree and did his maneuvers so he could sit on my lap. It was incredible. He took off and started to come back a minute later but someone else was walking by just then and scared him off.

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