Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The weather has been rather wonderful, we've been wrapped in clouds for several days with drizzle and steady rain, it feels like a great big hug, the scents are beautiful, raw earth, plant oils.
Yesterday on my morning commute I was thrilled to see this small hawk sitting on my roof, I thought it was a little kestrel but I couldn't believe it was allowing me to snap its picture at such close range, especially since it was completely exposed. Some birds are extra nervous and flitty, the kestrel would fall into that category (birdagory). As you may know I enjoy the company of birds especially with my camera in hand, you learn that they have distinctive behavioral traits and any kestrel that was not sick or harmed would allow this.
(note the large deodar cedar in the background, it will come in handy later)
(note the porcelain wings above my door, of course he would come here)
I wondered just what to do and I remembered the first thing to do with a bird rescue is, nothing, leave it alone. If you find a bird that has fallen from a nest, stick it back in. Naturally if you find an injured bird you would try and get it to a rescue group or a vet that handles birds especially if it had a broken wing or another serious problem, like one foot. I have taken pictures of coopers hawks before, them seem to like to retract their unusually long legs beneath their feathers, I assume for warmth.
He looked fine, maybe a little droopy, but he was not shivering and he sat out there nearly all day as I tapped and slammed, sawed and filed. At one point a tool flew out of nowhere into a small plastic container of evil eyes I had made and sent the flying all over my studio, I didn't bother to try and find them, every once in a while I would discover one here or there, I was thinking these were good omens. You can't have too many silver, evil eyes as protection now can you, they're now peppered all over my studio. I turned on the radio and proceeded to work with my bird hat on. At one point the jays came and caused such a ruckus I chased them away. You can always tell when the jays feel threatened, they scream and carry on in a way that would be impossible to ignore. My friend had an outdoor school with a bird blind and told me the jays would tell her when a rattlesnake was present, I believe it. I began to actually hope the sun would come out and warm him up.
I was also hoping the crows would not discover this little stowaway. I decided I needed to stay home and make sure they didn't. The clouds did finally break and the small bird started to look better and better. I checked on him periodically and at one point he had flown or jumped to the main roof. I knew he could fly, otherwise he would not be up there in the first place. My husband and I did note that twice during the day we did see an adult coop flying overhead. This young coop had such a sweet look and he was not afraid of me at all, it made me think of the book I used to read to Bryce.........."Are You My Mother".......but the human woman said no, you should fly away.
This is one of the last shots I took benath the blue sky, I went out to look on the roof and he was gone, yayy. A little while later I heard the jays again, this time in the hummingbird hive so went to see what all the screaming was about and guess what, I saw this litlle guy tooteling in a circle overhead then fly off and land in a tall deodar. Just a day in the life as they say, full of small wonders.
I wanted to help him out so I created this flight piece, a Hawks Amulet for good luck and safe travels. The stone is a marvelous Yellow Feather Jasper from Utah I purchased over the weekend. I constructed a perfect little primary feather from silver a necessary component for lift and I made a silver leaf for perching and added it to the clasp, (shown in the first picture). The composition rests on a bed of oak leaves, a small acorn for the jays.
Oh boy, it's coming on Christmas and I feel like the kid that can't come out to play til all chores are done. I'll be adding this piece to etsy at some point today.
( I heard on NPR that marvelous is an outdated word so I'm going to use it as often as I can, won't you join me, resurrecting it would be just *marvelous. They also said that M&M's are an outdated candy, "hey now!" Nobody's gonna dis my M's!
The pendant has landed here.
Thank you for your friendship, wishing you a good day, a good week.
Posted by gallerydarrow at 8:25 AM