Looked out my window today, and saw a young Cooper's Hawk. Must have been all the rain and smells stirred up some interest from this predator.
Here are some facts:
Description: Distinguished from other
woodland hawks by a larger head; longer rounded tail and shorter rounded
wings. In adults, there is a stronger contrast between back and crown.
Habitat: Prefers mixed woodlands, or streamside groves.
Diet: Preys on songbirds, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
Displays: Courtship flight with wings in a deep arc.
Nest: Broad and flat or narrow and deep. Made of sticks and twigs and lined with wood
chips, down, strips of outer bark or green conifer needles.
Eggs: Bluish- white or greenish- white. Usually spotted with brown.
Natural history notes: Uncommon, and may be declining.
Of course, these birds may come and go at will, perched and holding tight until prey is in sight.
Granted the newer car technologies - hybrids, electric, natural gas and converted diesel are so much better for the environment, and if all of us were smart, we'd get one!
In rolled about 25 cars - Nissan Leaf,Toyota RAV EV, Mercedes e-cell, Chevy Volt, Toyota Prius Hybrid Synergy Drive, and the very newest, Tesla which were on view and some of them test-driven.
Tesla was only for show....
The Chevy Ecco cars made by GM, were the least expensive (with incentives from the State of California) - with Spark starting at around $18k, but is about as small as they come.
Nissan Leaf are all around....but they require hookups to charge. Again, a small car, but
it has a lot of great features. This is a hugely popular car, especially in Europe.
Leaf EV is driven by a police force in Portugal and they have a range of about 100 mile per charge and can get up to 90 mph.
The most tricked out displayed belonged to Toyota, and the sales team asked me immediately if I wanted to get on video describing my feelings about electric cars for a bottle of water. Not really.
They had cut in half their RAV EV model...which looks a bit weird this way.
Then came the real innovators.....kids from Santa Monica High, calling themselved Team Marina converted a VW Bug into an electric car.
And then explained how they combined the batteries.....exponentially adding to the power of the car.
Here are the details...
And the little engine that could, came from the Peterson Museum - which was a converted Honda Civic, re-created in the 1970's by a group in Los Angeles....It was tiny....but still drove and what a concept that might have been way back then.
Brought to you by Waller from the Peterson Car museum....
West coast Appalachian flatfoot teacher and dancer, Rebecca Stout gave a rousing performance at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market this Sunday. At first the little girls were a tiny bit shy, but
Rebecca's infectious enthusiam got them going.
Oh, what fun....and all with Sausage Grinder - the fabulous country-honky-tonk band - try to catch 'em sometime!
and set up a picnic on the grounds of well, yes a cemetery. It's a gathering of folks, dining alfresco,underneath palm trees,
a rising moon, and even the whirly-pigs (LA policeforce by sky).
A festival atmostphere, with raucous and soulful tunes blaring out of a DJ's pit makes for a fun, fun time.
Even though we are sitting adjacent to the mausoleum that houses such luminaries as John Huston, Douglas Fairbanks and Rudolph Valentino, and about to embark in a 90 minute piece of fluff called "The Party," a peaceful air takes effect when the sky turns dark and the movie begins.
And there is Peter Sellers in his goofball glory...Claudine Loget, being her softly femme self.
Watching the moon rise over the screen is really quite amazing, but the plot twists and cast of characters including a baby elephant, made it a ridiculously, belly-laugh kind of evening.
Somehow, the joy experienced must have sent all souls aloft this evening!