Up to my normal Saturday stuff.
@makingarecord I saw such a cool bird today!!!!
@tripofmice that’s fantastic! Can you tell me more about it?
@makingarecord it was a small critter, hopping around a parklet eating crumbs -- dark dark green I think? and it had yellow-gold patterns on its wings
@tripofmice that does sound great! Those colors and the size make me think some sort of warbler.
@makingarecord I think it might have been a european starling, based on a list of san francisco birds I found
@tripofmice starlings have huge variety in their plumage, and dark dark green actually does sound like a starling. Tho in my experience usually speckled, and slightly larger than warblers
@makingarecord yeah that checks out, and I think I recall the beak looking like what i saw on image search
@makingarecord I also see a lot of owls and red tailed hawks and ravens in my neighborhood
@makingarecord and there's hecka anna and allans hummingbirds if I walk the other direction
@tripofmice oh that’s great. I saw four red tailed hawks swooping on some sparrows as a team today. Pretty wild. What kinds of owls do you get?
@makingarecord great horned owls I think?
@tripofmice really exciting and sounds geographically sensible. There was a great horned owl lurking in Central Park recently, first time I’d ever seen one.
@makingarecord speaking of central park, I left nyc before I found out how last year's Great Hawk Drama ended, after the original female was released back into the wild. Do you know what happened?
@tripofmice I lived in Ohio at the time I believe so I didn’t know anything about this holy shit! From what I can tell Christo was courting both Dora AND Nora relatively successfully soon after Dora’s return.
@makingarecord woah! that's a twist
@tripofmice my god apparently he had a THIRD partner, Amelia. This is fascinating.
@tripofmice I’m reading a series of New York Post stories about it and it’s so good. ““We’re still sad,” said Goggin. “We miss Dora and Christo together. They were such a great pair and it’s just a very different relationship with Amelia.”” https://www.google.com/amp/s/nypost.com/2018/06/09/two-timing-hawk-has-babies-with-new-mate/amp/
@tripofmice ok final update: apparently Amelia and Christo are nesting again this year in Dora’s old nest this year. I’ll have to go visit! http://www.gogginphotography.com/2019/01/christo-and-amelia-nest-building-in.html?ref=agreatbigcity.com&m=1
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