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open-mouthed birds







I saw a sparrow hopping around in the noonday sun. It had its mouth open--panting.

And then there's a young red-tailed hawk who lives nearby who cries like a seagull all the time. He cries in flight, he cries when he's sitting on a post or tree. Not that famous red-tailed hawk scream. No, this is less terrifying and more querelous, or maybe brooding, or slightly grumbly. Sometimes seagulls do pass this way. Maybe this hawk had a seagull as a babysitter. Anyway, I've seen this hawk in flight, with his mouth open, crying a seagull cry.


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queenoftheskies
Aug. 15th, 2015 04:42 pm (UTC)
We have a hawk around here that cries often. It happens every year around the same time frame, so we think it's a female talking to her babies and/or mate.
asakiyume
Aug. 16th, 2015 11:27 am (UTC)
I had thought at first it was the babies who I was hearing, and even now, I'm thinking maybe this one is a young, newly mature hawk, still in youthful habit and still with a "young" voice.
amaebi
Aug. 15th, 2015 05:14 pm (UTC)
Next up: a raven who's just fed a prophet.
asakiyume
Aug. 16th, 2015 11:27 am (UTC)
Haha, if I can get photos of that, I will :-)
yamamanama
Aug. 15th, 2015 09:27 pm (UTC)
Maybe hawks are learning to mimic other birds.
asakiyume
Aug. 16th, 2015 11:28 am (UTC)
Wouldn't *that* be something. A terrifying development for hawks' prey.
khiemtran
Aug. 16th, 2015 09:58 am (UTC)
Perhaps the hawk dreams of the sea... Or maybe it's learnt that if it squawks like a seagull, it's victims are more likely to ignore that fast approaching shadow...
asakiyume
Aug. 16th, 2015 11:29 am (UTC)
That latter sounds like a distinct possibility. But yeah, maybe it's a hawk with the soul of a seagull, and it misses briny breezes.
heliopausa
Aug. 16th, 2015 10:44 am (UTC)
:D I like the variety of responses! My thoughts went to the article recently about birds learning others' languages.

(The sparrow - is that how it perspires?)
asakiyume
Aug. 16th, 2015 11:30 am (UTC)
Yes, re: article!

Regarding the sparrow, I don't honestly know. He *looked* like he was panting, but whether that was actually the case or not, I don't know. Maybe the heat was just leaving him slack jawed :-)
heliopausa
Aug. 16th, 2015 11:55 am (UTC)
I looked it up! :) and it is suggested here that:

"Just like dogs, wild birds will open their bills and pant to help dissipate heat on a hot day."

Edited at 2015-08-16 11:56 am (UTC)
asakiyume
Aug. 16th, 2015 01:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Now we know :-)
mnfaure
Aug. 16th, 2015 02:18 pm (UTC)
:D I like the variety of responses!

Same here!
asakiyume
Aug. 16th, 2015 02:22 pm (UTC)
I have some pretty creative friends, that's for sure.
mnfaure
Aug. 16th, 2015 02:21 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed watching and listening to the birds in France. I could build a bird with all the feathers I collected. :D

asakiyume
Aug. 16th, 2015 02:23 pm (UTC)
I could build a bird with all the feathers I collected.

--this sounds like a good story seed to me :-)
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