Observation date: 21 December 2014
We have celebrated the 2014 Winter Solstice with the Salinan* Tribe again. We notice the peregrines along with all animals are aware of the short daylight hours up to the winter solstice on the 21st of December. We all look forward to the longer daylight hours. I especially do !
Bob has grown his goatee and will shave it off when the peregrines begin breeding. This seems to be an annual event now. It seems to have begun when I went to Tucson, Arizona to move all my belongings to Morro Bay, California in 2011. When I left in November, Bob was clean shaven and on my return in December, I noticed his handsome goatee. As the falcons became more active and courtship displays were common, Bob kept his razor inactive. Then one day it came out, he was clean-shaven and I knew the peregrines had bred! We’ll let you know the date.
Since the lights all around Morro Bay have become more festive to ward off the darkness of winter, I thought I’d add a little fanciful peregrine creativity. Do you think she’s done a good job? At least as well as we all do!
We wish you a very fine completion to your 2014 year and a happy, healthy, successful, satisfying and productive 2015.
Peace and love, Heather and Bob
Item: Bob is at “the rock” waiting and watching for breeding to begin as he meets and chats with the many, many curious visitors.
*Winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon which marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Winter solstice occurs for the Northern Hemisphere in December and for the Southern Hemisphere in June. (Wikipedia)