Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Bird Identification


I heard the birds chattering up a storm last evening and when I looked out I saw this on the bench. I was able to get my camera but it still had the manual settings for the yarn pictures and between that and going through the glass I didn't get a clear shot. My niece thought it was a hawk. It was about 24" tall and looked to have a wing span of about 40". The legs crack me up - looks like he has little leg warmers on. Let's just hope he doesn't like fish!

Thanks for the advice yesterday. I didn't go in the attic nor did I weave! I did, however, plan a blanket and looked through my sample books to pick colors for painted warp dishtowels. My niece is up from Alabama. She thought she was escaping the heat and heavy humidity. Ha! She is also excellent at untangling so I set her to work on some badly disfigured skeins of sock yarn - she untangled and I balled them up. I also balled up the autumn yarn and made a swatch.

I tried fair isle for the bottom motif and it was too heavy and distorted. The top one is much better (though the camera angle seems to belie it). It was done with intarsia, two strands of gold and one of rust. The body of the sweater is done in one piece so it will be a little messy for those eight rows, but I'm not using bobbins - the lengths are less than 18" so it shouldn't tangle too much.


  1. Well, it's not an osprey, so your fish are probably safe :) Looks a lot like a red-tailed hawk to me, but I ain't an expert, and the red-tails I see are usually at the top of a tree or telephone pole.

  2. Looks like a red-tailed hawk to me too!

  3. Carol2:28 AM

    Definitely a hawk and a red tailed is the most likely. See: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/programs/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Red-tailed_Hawk.html
    We have buteo buteo, see lots in Cornwall.

  4. Carol2:30 AM

    If this shows up twice, sorry! I am getting a helping paw from Neelix.
    Definitely a hawk/buzzard. Red-tailed most likely - see http://www.birds.cornell.edu/programs/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Red-tailed_Hawk.html
    We get buteo buteo and see a lot in Cornwall.