Friday, July 11, 2008


In the week before and after the wedding we saw at least one of these guys every day - assumed to be a nesting pair here at Riverwoods somewhere. This shot was taken with a conventional 200mm telephoto that I had with me on the wedding trip, not the small telescope I normally use for birding. They visited our bird feeder or flew past our sunroom window daily. The local Audobon society even published our sighting, noting they are uncommon in the area:

However since our return a week ago we've seen no sign of them - no casual sightings, nor have they shown themselves in my amblings around the Riverwoods camp here. Granted, camp opened the week after our wedding and a horde of running, yelling kids might have shifted their territory away from the immediate area. But we do miss them in their absence!

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