Hawks Are Friends

These are pictures from Wednesday. Unfortunately I only had my phone with me.

The rest are from yesterday evening, taken with my digital camera.
I spotted the first hawk about one minute after I left my house, from all the way across Parker Field. See it?

This is the same hawk from the other side of the tree:

After about ten minutes of calling to it, it finally came down to check me out.

Pretty sure this isn't the same hawk that came this close to me before. But after it saw I was totally cool, we kind of just hung out for a while.

Even when I went on to look for the other hawks, this one tagged along and flew from branch to branch not far behind me.

Soon we came across this hawk, the biggest of the bunch by far. I didn’t try to get very close.

My smaller hawk friend followed me until we came to the tree line near Parker Ave. Guess it didn’t want to come home with me.

Also spotted two squirrels in hiding.

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Hawks Again

I've got some great new pictures of the hawks!

These ones with the cloudy skies are from yesterday morning, July 4th. (Happy Birthday, America!)

The rest are from today, about thirty minutes ago. When I got to the park, I could hear three of them, all spread out, and this was the first one I found:

That might be my favorite picture. :)

I followed it while it flew from branch to branch...

...until it stopped on one of the hawks' "usual" perches:

I started imitating the call it was doing, as I sometimes try to do, and the practice must have paid off- the thing seemed really interested in me! I was excited. Then I was momentarily scared when it took off and swooped right toward me. I was sure I must have agitated it, and it had decided to claw at my face a little. But it didn't. It landed on a branch only a few feet above my head to check me out. It was soooo cool. They must be getting used to me hanging around their turf! :)

Is this not the coolest ever?
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    The other day I was walking through the park, as I often do any morning when I am not at work, seeking a cup of coffee at a nearby store. Out of nowhere a hawk flew right past me, about five feet away and close to the ground. As it climbed skyward I could clearly see a large rat hanging tightly in its grasp.
    I'm sure it's only on very rare occasions that a rat will attack and devour a human in broad daylight, but this rat was probably taking advantage of my obvious hazy state; clearly it could tell I hadn't yet had any caffine and was in no state to defend myself. Possibly it had been staking out my morning walks for weeks.
    Grateful to the hawk that saved my life, I snapped a couple pics. It was soon joined by its mate, evidently just a camera whore, as it didn't even seem to notice the free meal but stared and squawked at me a few times. I followed the male with the rat as it took off, and after a couple more quick stops it landed on the edge of a large nest. When the female showed up a minute later, the male left the rat in the nest and moved to a different branch on a nearby tree. The female then busied itself with the rat and whatever else it had in the nest. Eggs? Chicks?
    I'd love to find out. I've been checking on them for the last couple of days. Both hawks are easy to spot in the park, even when they're not anywhere near the nest.

    On an unrelated subject, the hundreds of squirrels that used to roam the park seem to be missing. Over the past few days, I've only seen two of them. Weird.
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This Is Evolution

Trojan's "Evolve" campaign has me in stitches. Too funny.

Evolve To be clear, I don't oppose safe sex at all. But as far as the effect condoms have on human evolution? Let's look at the logic here:

Smart people use condoms.

Stupid people do not use condoms.

The reproductive rate of smart people decreases.

The reproductive rate of stupid people increases.

Next, people who think Carlos Mencia is funny take over the world. This is evolution?

So can Trojan's "Evolve" campaign itself be seen as a testimony to the real effect condoms are having on our species?