The Birds: Part II
More “Commuter Crows”.
Beside the raucus crow gang, we seem to have a thriving bird population in my neighborhood. There’s a pair of red-shoulder hawks that have nested in the big eucalyptus tree down the hill from us. They use the peak of my office roof as a vantage point. And at least two loud-mouthed kestrals live here: they always have a lot to say, and sometimes they’ll perch on my balcony rail to say it. One even flew into my office one day, much to mine and Tinto’s surprise. Fortunately, he did one lap around the studio, took a seat on the light soffet, and looked at me as if to say,”huh, nice place you’ve got here.” Even more fortunately he flew directly back out the open door without panicking!
The neighbors have a pond in their backyard that attracts lots of ducks (mostly mallards, but I’ve seen some canvasbacks during the winter) and scoters.
There’s an osprey that comes up once in a while to fish, and there are both white and great blue herons frequenting the area.