Sunday, March 29, 2009

Running Update and Other Ramblings

Running Update: My wife is doing well with her running progress and thanks everyone for the kind words of encouragement. She isn’t following any particular training program, but what she is doing is similar to the Couch-to-5K running plan. I, on the other hand, was rather sore for much of the week. With the exception of my left IT band, I feel pretty good now. I did anticipate two weeks of low intensity running/recovering after last week’s 50K. The IT band discomfort may delay things a little, but I have had IT band soreness in the past, although in my right leg, and am not too concerned at this point. My long run/walk of the week was this morning’s three miler to the grocery store and back.


Other Ramblings: My family moved into our current home five years ago. Since then, we have always maintained a bird feeder, but only recently, due in part to informative posts from the Frost Bottom Farm, have we taken an interest in the type of birds that visit our feeder. While my wife is still on maternity leave, our end of the work day, “how was your day,” chit-chat now includes a report of the birds that visited our yard on that particular day. Having an active feeder also brings in a fair amount of birds of prey, which can be exciting (well, not if you are a little bird – or at least not in a good way. But can be exciting for the people that maintain a bird feeder and do not have cable or satellite TV).

Last week, my wife took this picture of what we think is a young Sharp-shinned Hawk. He/She was perched in the maple tree in our front yard.

5 comments:

Barry said...

Great capture of the hawk. Hard to tell from the photo, but you're right. Definitely an Accipter. Generally, if it was about the size of a blue jay, then sharp-shinned. If about the size of the crow, then Cooper's. The tail looks slightly rounded which would be Cooper's, but it's hard to judge size from a photo.

And it's great to see the maple so far along. Ours are still tightly closed.

elvoy said...

The tail does look slightly rounded, but the two look very much alike in our bird book. We debated it for quite some time. It may be a Cooper's. I hope we get another look.

Barry said...

I'm happy you are enjoying the birds, by the way! :)

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