Saturday, March 13, 2010
After Some Consideration
Here I am again--as you can see it has been several weeks since I wrote my first blog post. I have spent the interveneing time deciding whether I really wanted to have a blog after all. I guess I must, because I'm here again! Last week we (and I mean Duffy and I had a visitor--a Peregrine Falcon. I was first alerted to its presence by Duffy who was standing on the back porch and barking in a different way from the "I want to come in" bark or the "I just barked at some poor guy going down the street" bark. So I went to look and Duffy was looking south. So I looked south too and there was the falcon on the neighbor's power wires. I have never seen a Peregrine this close in my life--not even in Saskatoon where the falcon would sit on the top of a spruce tree as I was walking through the park to the university. I thought this was unusual behavior for a falcon and was worried something might be wrong with it. Once Duffy had alerted me, he didn't bark anymore--good boy. I kept checking on the bird and saw a magpie pestering it. That's when the bird turned from facing south, to facing east. Later I checked, and it was gone but Duffy was looking up at our roof. But my opening the back door scared the falcon and he/she flew to the roof of the neighbors on the north side. Duffy went to the garage so he could watch it. I took some more pictures and sometime in the afternoon it flew off, I guess. Maybe it had flown into something--but I hope it was OK. a day or so later I heard 2 Peregrines calling as they soared around the neighborhood--so I guess all was well.