It looks like Autumn.If this place had private notes, I could suggest we start a campaign to supplant sheep with mourning doves as the symbol of flocks of religious believers.If done convincingly enough, eventually there might be congregational splits over the issue--are we sheep or are we pigeons? Or maybe the differences would fall along existing tectonic fault-lines about whether women and gays can be annointed or appointed as ministers.
Great picture! what type of bird is that?(I hope it's not one I should have known already!)
Dear Margot: It's a type of hawk. Not sure whether it's a sharp-shinned hawk or a Cooper's hawk, though. The beast refused to identify himself despite repeated requests that he do so!
This is one of the best pictures of a standing hawk I've ever seen! Kudos! I like the background color, too. Just fyi: It looks to me like a Cooper's Hawk, based on several identifying characteristics, not that I'm any expert. Here's a page that I thought useful:http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/AboutBirdsandFeeding/accipiterIDtable.htm