Toad in the Hole
December 09, 2005
We took the RAV4 over to the garage for a periodic tune-up, stopped at the Berkeley Bowl for fish and bread, and walked home looking at what's blooming and the cheerful sweetgum leaves confettied over the sidewalks and whatever else showed up to entertain us, including a sky in multiple shades of gray.
About Derby and Grant, as we rounded the corner, I turned to see what a couple of crows were hollering about. It wasn't quite their usual "Hey! Airborne predator!" yelp, but not exactly a routine territorial caw either. Something very large, on very long, straight, flat wings, was approaching from the south. It resolved into a raptor shape. It was a couple of stories higher than the crows, who were diving in and out of the small trees behind someone's house. It flew on, taking no evident notice of the other birds, rowing casually against the wind on those long dark wings. Lots of visible head, everything dark, not black, with no white or lighter tones showing anywhere. It flew in a straight line north, the way we were headed, above the block between Grant and McGee, and disappeared behind rooftops and trees still headed north.
OK, we fudged maybe a little because we didn't actually see it from our place, but that's how we got a golden eagle on the yard list.Posted at December 9, 2005 04:15 AM
Oh WOW. We don't have that on OUR yard list...
Posted by: Pica at December 9, 2005 03:09 PM