Mirabile dictu, we have contributions sent by two readers today (Tuesday in Hong Kong). For the rest of you who sent photos before I left, they’re all secure in Chicago and I’ll begin posting them when I return in two days.
First up, the estimable Stephen Barnard from Idaho. His caption:
Northern Harrier [Circus cyaneus] fly-by. She was looking for crippled ducks.
He then added this:
I see this bird most mornings, cruising up and down Loving Creek. She’s a female, probably, or possibly an immature. I’m pretty sure she’s looking for a crippled ducks, which aren’t uncommon this time of year. It may be my imagination, but the abundant mallards seem to go out of their way to show that aren’t crippled when she comes around.
And from reader Rachel Sperling:
While hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire yesterday, I finally had the pleasure of feeding the gray jays (Perisoreus canadensis). I know you’re not supposed to feed the wildlife, but damn. They’re like kittens with wings: bratty yet irresistible.