Jen Pietsch
Orcas Island, WA

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

postheadericon Love is in the Air or Salty Chickens

Black Pearl, Scrawny Greta and Two

Well love must be in the air.

We are lucky enough to have at least one nesting pair of bald eagles not far from our property. This time of year it is exciting to watch them. Our pair, that I can only assume are very much in love (they mate for life you know?) scream and soar while diving head first toward the earth. I can't help but hold my breath. It is like playing 'chicken' for an eagle.

I am not sure why they do it but having researched it, a little bit, diving and screaming is not uncommon. What is also not uncommon is the belief that the eagles are mating on the death defying dives they make as they plummet toward the earth. This according to all sorts of authorities this is not the case.

Oh you are wondering about the salty chicken part? With all of the prey birds gone a courtin' the chickens have to be locked up for their safety. This is making them ever so salty.


Anonymous said...

Lucky for the chickens that they can at least look out......I'm sure Frank is happy he doesn't have to run around keeping his girls safe.