Lola Preens on the Woody Building
REPORT FROM THE BENCH
Hawkwatcher Ludie Stern reports that Pale Male and Lola copulated lustily on the NW corner of the Linda Building at 7:42, this morning. She also reports that Lola went to the nest and did a little home decorating by rearranging some twigs on the nest as well.
Photograph by Donna Browne
The forecast was for the possibility of a new foot and a half of snow. Evidentally the wildlife had been listening because there was an absolute frenzy of feeding today. Therefore a great time to look at feeding behavior.
Frosty the Squirrel does the big stretch--
Her Chubbiness then scrambles back up to a sitting postion to munch the heart of the corn kernel, drop the rest, and then go for another.
The feeding area is crowded with local male Juncos and Mourning Doves. There are no displays of any kind to disrupt feeding, neither aggression or crowding. The business at hand is too important.
Rain turns to sleet and freezes this dove's chest feathers stiff. She still feeds though there is a crystal right on the rim of her eye. The sleet on her back gradually melts and turns into perfectly round droplets which eventually rolls off.
Photograph by Marian Anderson
He flits down, grabs the corn, and he's off in a flash to a tree to eat it.