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As we walk through the park. Some evenings there are entire flocks of them, sometimes up high and sometimes swirling around just over the grasses. They fly more like swallows than hawks (they aren't, strictly speaking, hawks at all). Judging by this map, we're at the extreme edge of their winter breeding grounds. It's cool we see so many.

Several times this week I sat down to write a journal entry, and naturally did no such thing. I'm glad I didn't put myself out there with a "I'm going to write a journal entry every day in August," which I considered. I'd already be on the hook.

Not that I can remember now what I meant to post about.

So have another link.

Mostly it's been hot, so today being only about 104 was rather pleasant (by comparison). It was humid, though. It's only 99 now, but the dewpoint is high (51%). I just wish we'd get even a little rain here in the Valley. It's pouring up at the Grand Canyon, apparently.


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Aug. 7th, 2015 05:20 am (UTC)
I had to look up nighthawks. Attractive bird.

ugh to the heat. Today it rained and cooled off some here
Aug. 8th, 2015 04:59 am (UTC)
We actually got rain this afternoon! REAL rain! That even made the ground wet! (And did cool it down some, although now it's so humid I was still drenched by the time we got back from our walk.)

I love birds. I always have to look up new ones.
Aug. 8th, 2015 05:06 am (UTC)
Wow, yay for rain.

Birds are interesting
Aug. 7th, 2015 06:11 am (UTC)
I've never seen a nighthawk! How nifty!
Aug. 8th, 2015 05:00 am (UTC)
They're flitting around in the twilight - we've seen them as far south as our street. They kinda look like big bats, the way they fly.
Aug. 7th, 2015 11:43 am (UTC)
I'm currently reading H is for Hawk, a fascinating nonfiction book by Helen McDonald: it's about her training a goshawk after her father died and her research and reading of T H White's book The Goshawk (and doing some biography along the way). Memoir, bird-book, literary background -- it's really something.

So yay for your hawks! Hugs!
Aug. 8th, 2015 05:02 am (UTC)
Oh, very cool!
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