Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Magnificent Menace

The Cooper's Hawk was back this morning. It was perched high on the old willow, which turned out to be a spectacular vantage point to watch the squirrels and birds at the bird feeder. Just a few days ago, it swooped through the leaf cover, scattering and terrorizing all the feeder birds.

Will the Coop thrive or decline with global warming? Tom Knutson from NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory gave a "sobering and terrifying" account of global warming at last night's WCAS monthly program. He was particularly worried about increased summer temperatures on humans and wildlife. (I'm not moving to the southeast US anytime soon.)

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