A couple of below freezing nights, three days of high surf advisories with 14 foot waves breaking over the jetties, a “king tide” with some great minus tides for gathering mussels, three days of 85°F heat and plenty of sunshine. Not a bad start for December.
Now, if it would only rain like they are predicting for tomorrow and the falcons start breeding, I’ll be real happy. Both pairs of falcons, north and south, continue bonding and courtship activity.
Territories are becoming more defined and both tiercels are more aggressive towards all types of birds.
Cormorants are not the type of thing you chase off unless you are trying to impress your girlfriend.
A cormorant might get you to first base, but a Bald Eagle will get you a home run in more than one ballpark.
It won’t be long now once they start showing their stuff. With all this macho testosterone activity, the south side tiercel still tries to occupy the “twig”* when the female is not present. And every time she arrives, she knocks him right off of it, sometimes violently if he doesn’t move fast enough. Either he didn’t get the memo or he likes the abuse.
Happy trails, Bob
Item: Once breeding starts, it will be her thirteenth season at the rock and his sixth season. Season’s Greetings from the two of us.
*See the previous story “Twiggin’ it…” on November 13, 2013