September 28th, 2017

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Neighborhood Wildlife Notes

Last night after work I walked in Allen Station Park in the near-dark. This park has a sidewalk path that passes a creek-adjacent woodland on the left side and an artificial water body used for a park where people get towed by mechanical ropes as they ski the water on the other side. On evenings like this, my hope is to see an owl or evening bit of wildlife. This time I saw a huge Red-Tailed Hawk. She sat on a light fixture on
the right of me, high above the ground.

I know that hawks have extremely keen eyesight---some of the guides place it at eight times sharper than human eyesight. I find that they also are able to "read" a few basic things about humans. If one approaches a Red-Tailed Hawk, the hawk knows the difference between a human looking away from the hawk and a human looking at the hawk. So I approached slowly, looking away as much as I could, but then turning to get views and pictures.  I got some nice photos. Then the hawk was gone.

On our milkweed plants some beautiful orange insects now roost. I looked up their name. This turned out to be "milkweed bugs". I like simple, accurate names. The first stages of Monarch Butterfly migration has begun. We will see if this year caterpillars appear on our vigorous stand of milkweed. Last week the caterpillars came so late that I am not sure they turned into butterflies before the inclement November weather. But I am hopeful this year, as every year.

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